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Australian Football: Garcia axed by Glory

Perth Glory have axed coach Richard Garcia with former midfielder Ruben Zadkovich being handed the role for the rest of the season.

Glory currently sit bottom of the ladder and are priced at 11/10 to stay there and pick up the wooden spoon. Garcia has now paid the ultimate price after Glory owner Tony Sage made the call on Sunday morning.

Poor run of form

Glory have had a tough season as injuries and life away from home have taken their toll. But it is their form since return to Perth that has set alarm bells ringing.

They have lost four on the spin and the 4-1 loss on home soil against struggling Brisbane was the final straw for Sage.

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"The pandemic has had a huge impact upon the club on and off the field which cannot be overstated and its legacy is still being felt," Sage said after the announcement was made.

"Ultimately, however, this is a results business and unfortunately, claiming one point from our last four home games is an unacceptable return.

"The difficult decision has therefore been made to part company with the head coach and his assistant."

Garcia defiant

Speaking before the sacking Garcia admitted that things were not going to plan but was hopeful of turning things around.

"Results have been disappointing. I can't shy away from that," he said. "It's a long-term build and something we need to keep reminding ourselves is that these guys are going to get better, and eventually they're going to find that killer instinct."

Sage will now take his time before announcing a long-term appointment and for now former Sydney, Newcastle and Glory midfielder Zadkovich will take the job.

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