Glory stalwart appointed to lead W-League outfit

Perth Glory FC has announced former striker Bobby Despotovski as the club’s new Westfield W-League coach for the 2015/16 season.

Despotovksi played 241 games for Perth Glory between 1996 and 2007 and is the club’s all-time leading goal scorer (113 goals).

The former Socceroo has been appointed to the role after taking helm of the Perth Glory reserves (U-20s) team in the National Premier League, which currently sits at the top of the ladder.

Despotovski, said he was looking forward to coaching on the national stage, especially for a club he has adored since his playing days.

Perth Glory were this season's Westfield W-League Minor Premiers.

“I’ve had great times here at Perth, from scoring goals to winning trophies, now I’m determined for silverware as a coach.”

“I know we have the passion and determination to claim the highest honour in Australian women’s football” he said.

“I’d also like to acknowledge my predecessor and former teammate Jamie Harnwell who led the Women’s team to the Grand Final last season. He had a stellar season and achieved a lot. Hopefully this year, we can go one step further”.

Despotovski will be joined by retired Perth Glory Women’s captain and Matilda, Collette McCallum, who has been named Assistant coach.

McCallum played 50 W-League games for the Glory Women and made 81 appearances for Australia, scoring 11 goals for the Matildas.

“I’m thankful to still be involved with the team and I am looking forward to learning as much as I can from Bobby and Kenny” the former midfielder said.

The W-League season kicks-off on October 17.