Archie Thompson Criticises Kenny Lowe’s Management Ability

Kenny Lowe’s ability in managing Perth Glory has come under fire from A-League great Archie Thompson after Perth Glory’s 2-1 defeat by Wellington Phoenix.

Phoenix opened the scoring in the 3rd minute after 18-year-old debutant Sarpreet Singh powered a rocket inside the top right corner giving Liam Reddy no chance.

Diego Castro equalised in the 35th minute powering home a free kick from the edge of the box which beat debutant Phoenix goalkeeper Tando Velaphi at the post he was covering, although it did go in off the upright.

Roy Krishna was the returning hero for Phoenix, after Castor earnt his side a contentious penalty 8 minutes from time. Krishna shot from an acute angle, only for Shane Lowry to deflect in for an own goal.

Whilst the players need to take responsibility, Lowe’s tactics and game strategy has come under question recently.

“We’re not questioning Kenny Lowe as a person — he’s one of the most colourful characters you could have in the A-League and I love watching his interviews after,” Thompson said on Fox Sports’ Just for Kicks.

“But there comes a time where you’ve got to go ‘okay, is he actually really the man that’s going to take this club forward?’

“When things go a little bit pear-shaped even more, they’re still what six, seven points out of the six, I don’t know … because I still look at that team sheet and I still see the players that they have, I still believe that they’re good enough.

“That’s where you’ve got to maybe question ‘okay, is the coach good enough?’”

The result ended the Phoenix’s three-match losing streak and lifted them momentarily off the bottom of the ladder. They sit two points behind eighth-placed Perth, who remain seven points outside the top six with seven rounds remaining. The loss is the seventh in their past eight matches.