Perth Glory players need to take blame for Mitchell quit decision

Perth Glory players need to take blame for Dave Mitchell’s decision to step down as head coach according to chairman and owner Tony Sage.

Mitchell decided to relinquish his position as coach to assistant Ian Ferguson yesterday following a run of four losses on the trot and Sage said the playing group must take some of the blame.

"The players have got to take a lot of responsibility for this," Sage told WA Today.

"We're losing ... a good coach in this process but we've got to move forward.

"Look, if professional players need (the) motivation of sacking a coach to play (well) ... it's not good enough.

"But look Fergie thinks that he can get a lot out of the players. I believe that he can. I think the playing group that Mitch has assembled is a very good playing group but you just can't lose four games in a row."

It was not all doom and gloom for the Glory, however, as Mitchell stepped in to the Director of Football role to continue his five-year relationship with the club.