Analysis Giants Coaching. Congratulations Adam Kingsley & welcome to GWS.

Who is your preference to be next coach of GWS Giants?

  • Alistair Clarkson

    Votes: 22 27.8%
  • James Hird

    Votes: 7 8.9%
  • Don Pyke

    Votes: 7 8.9%
  • Nathan Buckley

    Votes: 3 3.8%
  • Ross Lyon

    Votes: 3 3.8%
  • Mark McVeigh

    Votes: 5 6.3%
  • Robert Harvey

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Scott Burns

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Blake Caracella

    Votes: 1 1.3%
  • Adam Yze

    Votes: 14 17.7%
  • Adam Kingsley

    Votes: 11 13.9%
  • Daniel Giansiracusa

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Luke Power

    Votes: 1 1.3%
  • Jaymie Graham

    Votes: 2 2.5%
  • Ash Hansen

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Andrew McQualter

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Chris Scott

    Votes: 3 3.8%

  • Total voters
    79

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Giant Strides

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The GIANTS are delighted to announce the appointment of Adam Kingsley as the club’s next AFL head coach.

As a former Premiership and Best and Fairest winner with Port Adelaide, where he played 170 games, Kingsley quickly moved into coaching following his playing career, immediately taking up assistant coaching roles with Port Adelaide and then St Kilda. After eight years with the Saints, Kingsley joined Richmond as assistant coach in 2019 where he played a leading role in the Tigers’ last two Premierships.

GIANTS Chief Executive Officer David Matthews said Kingsley's appointment marked the next chapter in the evolution of the football club. “On behalf of the Board and our entire organisation, I’m thrilled to confirm Adam Kingsley as our new head coach,” Mr Matthews said. “After a thorough and considered selection process, Adam’s vision for the club, our players and our people made him the standout candidate for the job. Adam has outstanding values that align with the GIANTS and with 16 years’ coaching experience he is an exceptional tactical coach, a strong, clear communicator, and someone who brings people together. In our 11 years in the competition we have undoubtedly become a successful club with a fantastic culture and a great playing list. But we haven’t been satisfied with our recent results. We - and Adam - believe success isn’t far away and we’re thrilled to have him lead us into our next chapter as a club. This is an incredibly exciting day for our club and Adam's appointment will not only take our playing group and football department forward but will help continue to grow our game across NSW and the ACT. We look forward to welcoming Adam, his wife Nadine and children Cayla, Ethan and Raf to the GIANTS family.”

Mr Matthews also paid tribute to caretaker coach Mark McVeigh. "We thank Mark for his efforts as interim senior coach and the tireless work he has contributed to our program since taking over in round 10,” Mr Matthews said. “It’s a difficult job to come in as caretaker coach but he attacked the role with fresh ideas and sought to improve our players, staff and program at every step. Mark is a person of the highest integrity and character, and he has always put the club first. He was steadfast in leaving the program ready for whoever would be taking over.”

Following an extensive interview process, Kingsley was deemed the best fit for the GIANTS by the club’s interview panel that consisted of Mr Matthews, Chairman Tony Shepherd AO, Football Director Jimmy Bartel and General Manager of Football Jason McCartney. Kingsley said he was honoured to have the opportunity to coach the club for the next three years. “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity,” he said. “It’s a privilege and an honour to be the next senior coach of the GIANTS. I’ve been clear in my aspirations to become a senior coach and over the last 16 years I’ve continued to learn and develop to the point now where I’m absolutely ready to take the next step in my coaching career. This is a club which has built a strong culture from the ground up in just a few short years. In just 11 years the GIANTS have made multiple preliminary finals, and a Grand Final, and while the ultimate success has eluded the club, it’s clear the building blocks are in place. It's clear the players, staff, members and fans are hungry for success, and we’re going to drive each other to get to where we want to go. I believe in this club and what we can achieve together.”

Kingsley played 170 games for Port Adelaide between 1997 and 2006 and was a member of the club’s inaugural team as well as their first Premiership in 2004. He won the Power’s club champion award in just his second season. In 2007, he became an assistant coach at Port Adelaide, a position in which he stayed in until the end of 2010. Kingsley joined St Kilda at the end of the 2010 season as an assistant coach before moving to Richmond in 2019.
 

Giant Strides

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Alastair Clarkson has emphatically denied rumours suggesting he's asking teams for a $1.6 million salary to return to the coaches' box next season.
The 54-year-old hosted a function with AFL broadcaster Gerard Whateley on Friday afternoon, and Whateley said Clarkson "resents" recent reports surrounding his potential demands. "'Bulls--t'. That was Alastair Clarkson's reaction to what's in the public domain about $1.6 million to join North Melbourne," Whateley told AFL Nation.

"He's had an embryonic discussion with the Giants, he hasn't had any contact from North Melbourne." Whateley also revealed what Clarkson is said to be looking for at his next AFL home. "I think it's fair to interpret that he resents the assumptions being made about him," he said.
 

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Andre the Giant

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Feb 20, 2012
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Not this time, amigos.

That wizardry may have worked with the Kelly deal but it ain't cutting it with future North coach - Alastair Clarkson.
That will be up to the AFL Commission. That decision for either North or GWS will be determined by Clarkson.

If he decides to join either club you can expect them to stump up. They can’t have their baby becoming a basket case like you so they are happy if he goes to either.
 

captainMyCaptain

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Apr 30, 2011
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Not this time, amigos.

That wizardry may have worked with the Kelly deal but it ain't cutting it with future North coach - Alastair Clarkson.

Yep apparently Clarkson's one condition to coach North was for them to relocate to Tas so it looks like a done deal. Congrats 👍
 

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hdeifh

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The last month hasn't been great for Spike's coaching aspirations but at least Spike coaches with genuine care for the club, not just to get the HC position. He's been hard on the players w calling the passengers out but the fact he called for a change in the leadership group despite the big names (Our big 4) and those floated to leave the club (Hopper, Davis) really shows how he's not coddling the players to get the job. Hopefully the next coach realises the leadership potential of Pez and Slammer who bleed orange even if it comes at the expense of one of our bigger name players
 

Andre the Giant

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I find Spike’s honesty really refreshing. These guys need a rocket under their arses, they are entitled, ahead of themselves and delusional.

Some home truths might give some of them an opportunity to reflect, work harder and maybe salvage a viable career.

When the new coach comes in he won’t give a s**t about what draft pick players were taken at. He will want to make his own mark and will clean out the deadwood.

Spike is trying to help these morons with some tough love and I admire him for that.
 

Land of the Giants

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We need a coach who can restore the sense of purpose and direction we used to have.

Up until 2020, there was a sense of destiny around the club. We were expected to win a premiership. That was our story. COVID exposed all of the accumulated underlying divisions and blew that away.

With our current situation, if so many players have already checked out for the season, that tells me McVeigh isn't the person who can restore purpose and direction. We don't have a team at the moment. Yes, the list has problems, and when the season finishes there will be a clean-out, but our challenge is bigger than that.

The new coach must create, from scratch, a sense of purpose, direction and destiny. That is hard, but every successful coach does it.

If that person is an up-and-comer, rather than a big name, I'm inclined to give them an opportunity. As long as they have a plan
to create a team with purpose and direction.
 

Trent the flight Steward

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We need a coach who can restore the sense of purpose and direction we used to have.

Up until 2020, there was a sense of destiny around the club. We were expected to win a premiership. That was our story. COVID exposed all of the accumulated underlying divisions and blew that away.

With our current situation, if so many players have already checked out for the season, that tells me McVeigh isn't the person who can restore purpose and direction. We don't have a team at the moment. Yes, the list has problems, and when the season finishes there will be a clean-out, but our challenge is bigger than that.

The new coach must create, from scratch, a sense of purpose, direction and destiny. That is hard, but every successful coach does it.

If that person is an up-and-comer, rather than a big name, I'm inclined to give them an opportunity. As long as they have a plan
to create a team with purpose and direction.
Agree the players aren't responding to McVeigh, Hird and soloman setup at all, all three can't be there next year.

Do they go a McRae type of coach, teacher of young players with plenty of experience? Is that more beneficial than a clarko? Not sure Al is that good with the new generation, seemed to trade out youth for experience in his last few years at the Hawks, with not so great results.

I'd be looking for a coaching group, inexperienced senior coach with lots of industry experience at a few clubs, with an ex senior coach as the senior assistant.

Maybe you poach dean Cox and don Pyke
 

Brave New World

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Agree the players aren't responding to McVeigh, Hird and soloman setup at all, all three can't be there next year.

Do they go a McRae type of coach, teacher of young players with plenty of experience? Is that more beneficial than a clarko? Not sure Al is that good with the new generation, seemed to trade out youth for experience in his last few years at the Hawks, with not so great results.

I'd be looking for a coaching group, inexperienced senior coach with lots of industry experience at a few clubs, with an ex senior coach as the senior assistant.

Maybe you poach dean Cox and don Pyke
If you wants teachers then a Dean and a Don sounds about right
 

Giant Gutsache

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Apr 30, 2019
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We need a coach who can restore the sense of purpose and direction we used to have.

Up until 2020, there was a sense of destiny around the club. We were expected to win a premiership. That was our story. COVID exposed all of the accumulated underlying divisions and blew that away.

With our current situation, if so many players have already checked out for the season, that tells me McVeigh isn't the person who can restore purpose and direction. We don't have a team at the moment. Yes, the list has problems, and when the season finishes there will be a clean-out, but our challenge is bigger than that.

The new coach must create, from scratch, a sense of purpose, direction and destiny. That is hard, but every successful coach does it.

If that person is an up-and-comer, rather than a big name, I'm inclined to give them an opportunity. As long as they have a plan
to create a team with purpose and direction.
You’re right, so long as all the other pieces are in place. Shepherd, Bartel, Matthews and McCartney are responsible for creating and maintaining a platform for the coach to succeed. Let’s see if they’re up to it. Recent history suggests they’re no chance. Will Dave’s boys club be broken up?
 

GWS Goose

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You’re right, so long as all the other pieces are in place. Shepherd, Bartel, Matthews and McCartney are responsible for creating and maintaining a platform for the coach to succeed. Let’s see if they’re up to it. Recent history suggests they’re no chance. Will Dave’s boys club be broken up?
They did make 5 out of 6 finals series
 

GWS Goose

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Agree the players aren't responding to McVeigh, Hird and soloman setup at all, all three can't be there next year.

Do they go a McRae type of coach, teacher of young players with plenty of experience? Is that more beneficial than a clarko? Not sure Al is that good with the new generation, seemed to trade out youth for experience in his last few years at the Hawks, with not so great results.

I'd be looking for a coaching group, inexperienced senior coach with lots of industry experience at a few clubs, with an ex senior coach as the senior assistant.

Maybe you poach dean Cox and don Pyke
Don pike appeals to me.