PERTH Glory owner Tony Sage says he will quit the club at the end of the season after coming under fire from stayaway fans.
Sage told local newspaper The West Australian after this weekend's game that he would betaking legal advice and handing back his licence to the FFA at the end of the season.
“I’m disappointed, upset, angry,” Sage told the newspaper. “I’ve never been abused that much since day one. It sort of makes up your mind.
"This will be my last season in charge of Perth Glory. I just can’t sit there and cop abuse and my family cop abuse.
“No one is really interested in coming to Perth Glory games and the fans don’t want me to be in control. That was made very clear to me last night by a lot of people.”
Sage's exit announcement comes in the wake of yet another dismal loss for Glory at the weekend with Ian Ferguson's side crashing to defeat against Melbourne Heart.
After a bright start to the season with Glory's revamped, expensive line-up that promised big things, Perth have now recorded six losses from their first 11 games and are plummeting down the ladder.
The run of poor results heralds yet another disappointing season for the former titans of Australian football who were the original model for A-League clubs in the transition from the NSL to the new competition.
But although Glory enjoyed great success and huge crowds in the NSL, Perth's A-League experience has been a very different story.
Despite investing in quality playing squads, the club has repeatedly been let down by poor coaching or management, starting with Steve McMahon and continuing with Ron Smith and Dave Mitchell.
At the weekend, fans were again baying for current coach Ferguson's head as yet another season looks to be derailed even before the halfway mark.
But instead of following Adelaide United's lead at the weekend and taking action aqainst an under-performing coach, Sage appears to have decided to wash his hands of the whole club.
The mining magnate bought a third share of the club from the FFA in 2007 and took sole charge in 2009.
But despite pouring money into the club, he was yet to see any reward, and the dire results are again driving fans away from the club.
However Sage insisted it was not a financial decision to walk out on the club.
“Financially, I could do many things,” he told The West Australian.
“I could get partners in, but it’s not about that. It will never be viable in Perth if the fans don’t want it. At the moment, the fans don’t want it.
“It’s very obvious A-League football in Perth is not warranted.”
If Sage does intend to quit at the end of the season - and it proves to be a more serious threat than a disappointed and exasperated reaction to another lossand the fans backlash - it will at least give the FFA time to find a new owner to take over.
However the FFA have vowed not to support clubs as they have in the past which could throw Glory's future in doubt.
And the uncertainty could further undermine and unsettle players, creating even more problems for them on the field.
But Sage insisted nothing would be changing in the club's management and insisted under-fire Ferguson still had the full backing of the dressing room and him.
“They are all behind him 100 per cent,” said Sage. “There’s not one dissenting voice. I know my locker room really well.”