Ferguson heads to Perth
North Queensland Fury coach Ian Ferguson has left the embattled the A-League side to join Perth Glory as assistant to Dave Mitchell.
Former Rangers midfielder Ferguson helped the Fury to a credible seventh place in their inaugural A-League campaign last term despite facing a revolt from marquee signing Robbie Fowler, who was unhappy at being left on the bench.
But when Football Federation Australia took over the administration of the club after founding chairman Don Matheson pulled out last week, Ferguson was asked to re-apply for the job.
"He's a good professional and he's got good contacts," said Glory coach Mitchell. "He was a champion over there, a cult hero at Rangers. Ian is a big name in Scottish football who is very passionate and it's great to have him on board."
Ferguson scored 46 goals in 350 games for Rangers and clinched ten Scottish league titles. He also won four Scottish FA Cups and five League Cups and made nine appearances for Scotland. As an assistant to Lawrie McKinna, Ferguson helped the Central Coast Mariners to a Premiership title in 2008 and two A-League Grand Finals in 2006 and 2008.
"I'm delighted to be heading west," said Ferguson. "Perth Glory has a proud history and it's wonderful to be joining the club. I've known Dave Mitchell for a while and it was a great honour when he asked me to be part of his team for next season."
The Glory have also confirmed veteran Jamie Harnwell has signed a new deal for the 2010/11 A-League season, although Wayne Srhoj has rejected an offer and will not be with the club next term. Harnwell has played 235 games for the Glory in 11 seasons and is set to exceed the club's appearance record which is currently held by Bobby Despotovski at 241.
Former Glory captain Harnwell, who is also the club's third top goalscorer with 40 behind Despotovski (113) and Damian Mori (84), made 12 appearances for Perth last season, scoring three goals as the Glory lost on penalties to Wellington Phoenix in the first round of the play-offs.
"It will be a huge thing for me. Bobby is a good friend of mine, a fantastic player and if I get the record it will be a real treat," said Harnwell. "I didn't want to end up the way I finished this season. I was very disappointed in how my body went and how we exited the finals. I've got some big goals for next season. I want to finish top goalscorer again and try and get a hat-trick of those and obviously win the A-League."