Bitter split as Harnwell quits Glory after coaching slight

A fed up Jamie Harnwell has called time on his Perth Glory stay (Getty) Source: Getty Images Asia Pacific

Former Perth Glory captain player and Perth Glory Women W-League coach Jamie Harnwell ended his long association with the club after a contractual dispute - saying he's had 'enough of being treated like this, really'.

The two-times Championship-winning defender/striker reacted angrily when asked to reapply for his job, despite leading Perth Glory's women's team to the W-League Premier's Plate in 2015.

Glory took control of the W-League team last week, previously run by Football West, and elected to advertise the head coach's position on its website last Friday.

Harnwell - a club legend who holds the appearance record of 256 games - elected not to go through the rehiring process, telling The West Australian the decision had dampened his passion for the club, and was a "kick in the guts".

"As much as I’m disappointed to leave the girls and not be involved again, I’ve got too much pride and professionalism to do something like that," a furious Harnwell said.

"I’ve got no real feeling or passion for the club at all now. It’s all sort of wiped away, which is a shame given the history I’ve got with it."

Harnwell was coach of the W-League team for four seasons with his former Glory team-mate and club great Bobby Despotovski speculated as a possible replacement.

Glory's women set a new W-League points record before losing to Canberra United 3-1 in the W-League grand final.

A Perth Glory spokesperson said the decision to re-advertise the position was a matter of process resulting from the W-League team's change of ownership, and the expiration of Harnwell's contract.

The spokesperson said the first indication the club received of Harnwell's disgruntlement was when the story appeared in the media on Wednesday morning.

Glory owner and Chairman Tony Sage said last week that it was a fitting time for the women to join the Glory family.

"This is an exciting and promising day for football across the state," Sage said, as the new club structure was revealed.

"It means from today, we have three teams under the one Glory umbrella. The A-League, Youth League and W-League teams will spread the Glory brand and each team will fly the flag for Western Australia on the national front.

"I’d also like to commend everyone at Football West, including CEO Peter Hugg on a fantastic achievement and their role in boosting the profile of the women's game."

Source AAP