Interim Coach for remainder of 2021 to assess how the list performs ex-Leon.I like Leon, I feel like he has been genuinely great servant of our club. But it's time to go. He's tactically inept, looks like he's lost the players.
Question is, where do we go from here? Do we still have a list to challenge or are we going to tear it down?
Surely they aren’t that stupid. Destroy everything that’s been built just to get some more picks?If the strategy of the Board is to get Clarko for 2022 and concessions from AFL HQ, then the tactic may be to leave Leon in place and let the club burn very publicly throughout season 2021 to demonstrate to Gill that there is a full-blown crisis at Giants HQ.
I think this ‘scorched earth’ approach is extremely dangerous/reckless re list and membership retention, but there may be Board members who consider this a cynically smart play.
The thinking may be:
If we finish 10-16, the Giants have a problem.
However, if we finish 17-18, AFL HQ has a problem.
Personally, I want an interim HC appointed this week.
However, we should be open to the possibility that the Board may look to play ‘chicken’ with AFL HQ.
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Thanks for a thoughtful contribution, I can’t argue the facts of North’s coaching challenges.As a supporter of a club who totally cocked this up some 18 months ago I think it's best to be considered re how this is approached.
If indeed at some stage during the season it's decided that Leon needs to finish up then I would not fill the interim appointment with someone who has aspirations for the top job (eg Stevie J or anyone of that ilk).
North stupidly did this with Rhyce Shaw being dropped in and effectively given a trial period. Sure enough he got the "new coach bounce" and then the Board came under immense pressure from the fans (and media) to appoint him permanently.
Which they did - without there being much, if any, of a formal process (which may have uncovered some of the drastic problems which later surfaced).
Personally I'd get someone like an Alan McConnell (who no longer presumably has coaching aspirations) to step in and then the club can spend the remainder of the season spending time sourcing the best candidate.
If it comes to pass it's a critical appointment and should be approached intelligently.
What if the Board’s goal is:Surely they aren’t that stupid. Destroy everything that’s been built just to get some more picks?
Then I would lose complete faith in the board and the respect I have for them would be gone