The futures of Perth Glory coach Alistair Edwards and club captain Jacob Burns are in doubt after the pair became embroiled in a bitter feud.
Burns was furious at his coach after being left on the bench during Friday night’s 2-0 loss to Melbourne Victory.
The 35-year-old had just returned from a two-week suspension, and couldn’t understand why he wasn’t given any game time in a team already missing a host of their best players.
The Glory launched crisis talks on Saturday in a bid to settle a rumoured player-driven revolt against Edwards, who has been accused of favouring his two sons Ryan and Cameron over other players.
Edwards believes the drama stemmed from a discussion he had with Burns several weeks ago, when he told the former Socceroo that he might not be part of his future plans.
“There’s definitely a rift between Jacob Burns and myself, that’s for sure,” Edwards said.
“It stems from the fact we had a discussion a few weeks ago about his future at the club.
“I couldn’t give him any assurances about what’s happening going forward.
“Since then it’s been a bit testy, the relationship.
“And because he wasn’t re-introduced into the team after winning last week, it sort of caused a bit of a problem.”
Edwards is in the first season of a three-year deal after replacing previous coach Ian Ferguson in February.
But with rumours rife that he has lost the trust of a host of senior players, his position is under threat.
Burns, who has been with the club since 2009, is also facing an uncertain future.
Edwards denied he had favoured his two sons over other players this season.
Striker Ryan Edwards was handed a starting role against the Victory, while Cameron came off the bench.
When asked whether Burns would play for the Glory again, Edwards wasn’t sure.
“Well that depends on performance and attitude going forward,” Edwards said.
“We hope so.”
The seventh-placed Glory will be back in action next Sunday when they play host to Adelaide United at nib Stadium.