- Jul 24, 2015
- AFL Club
- North Melbourne
We've looked more likely to achieve success since we made the changes than before them tho. Barrett should have acknowledged that.Yeah, I disagree.
We made these changes despite the financial cost, and that now there is pressure to ensure we made the right appointments as their replacements for obvious on field and off field reasons. I for one am sick and tired of being almost rans, not surprised a north supporting journo is critical of what we have been of late
It seems from his article that we made those changes despite the financial cost because of the smaug (i'm leaving that typo, it seems appropriate) nature of the deal between Scott and Dilena.
Scott isn't even trying to coach a team to win the flag but is happy to sit there till the end of the year ... tanking^ ... and Dilena is okay with that. No fu**en wonder we've been mediocre for so long. Joyce - the GM of footy, thinks this is okay. If Arch is involved in these decisions then its no wonder. He'd know you can't have a coach like that or an admin that'll support it.
Why didn't Damo point out the obvious problems that situation causes? How much more damage would we have done to the club and in particular to the playing group if Buckley hadn't acted? If we'd tanked the season? Why didn't he simply accept that they had to act? Then fine ... put all the pressure he likes on because it is warranted to a point. It was their call, they made the decision and they have to wear the consequences. I'm cool with that tho. If it turns out a failure they failed trying to save us from a worse fate and that needs to be recognised.
He needs to look at where we are now. And how successful we were on field after Scott left as an indication of why that change needed to happen. And as an aside, imo one of the reasons Shaw has been a success is that he was dumped in it and had to rely on his own personal internal resources to actually coach the side.
North believes the appointment of Shaw will be proven to be a masterstroke, and he has impressed every single person at the club, partially due to a highly unusual quality for a person holding a senior position in AFL clubland – that of being refreshingly prepared to openly concede deficiencies in his make-up.
There you have it. Shaw is a no bullshit, up front individual who is capable of assessing his own character accurately and identify what he needs to do to "improve" as a person. (No wonder I like the guy. That's actual "role model" behaviour.) It's exactly what this team needs. Damo'd know if he was an actual footy journalist who cared for the club instead of a footy gossip columnist. If Rhyce can do that to himself he can do it to the players, and he has also shown he can get the best out of them by believing in their ability to get the best out of themselves (what he said at 1/4 time against Hawthorn is my proof of this.) Why wouldn't you give someone like that a chance at coaching given the circumstances and especially once he started winning? In his first game as official coach he broke this years premiers.
Barret isn't prepared to say that. Or can't see it cos he's such a miserable prick (hi Damo.) But if he wanted to find something positive for us to read then he could have, and still maintained that pressure on Buckley and Archer that they have to wear the consequences of their actions early this season. Even tho they probably had the full support of most members.
There's one other bit of that that troubles me.
^fu**en well tanking. That is what it is.