When Dave Matthews gets the call from City Hall to call in Leon make sure he grabs the D.Matthews file as well and sacks himself.'He's the right man': Giants boss on why Leon's critics are wrong
Like his senior coach, GWS CEO Dave Matthews is confident this season will show that 2020 was the exception to the rule
By Michael Whiting - 5 hrs ago
GWS coach Leon Cameron and club CEO Dave Matthews embrace after the Giants' 2019 preliminary final victory. Picture: AFL Photos
GREATER Western Sydney CEO Dave Matthews says it's time for the footy public to get off Leon Cameron's back.
Cameron will begin his eighth season in charge of the Giants when they open their campaign against St Kilda at home on Sunday,
After missing the finals last season for the first time since 2015, pre-season commentary has swirled abut Cameron's long-term job security despite having a contract until the end of 2022.
Matthews was emphatic in his support, telling AFL.com.au there was no doubt his club had the right man at the helm.
"His coaching track record is there for all to see," Matthews said.
"He's not a first-year coach, he's been coaching at this club for a long time.
"It's not a subjective view, it's an objective view. Objectively he's done a very good job coaching this club.
"Sometimes he attracts attention, I think, that is disproportionate with his record. He's got us to four finals series, won us finals in every one of those years.
"Whilst we can all dwell on some disappointments of 2020, we're not going to. If you took a line through the last five years, six years, we've been a very competitive unit and he's the right man to lead us."
Leon Cameron and Toby Greene ahead of the Giants' 2018 semi-final against Collingwood at the MCG. Picture: AFL Photos
Cameron has a 56 per cent winning record from 125 games in charge, including a Grand Final appearance in 2019 before last year's nosedive.
Matthews says despite the off-season loss of Jeremy Cameron, Zac Williams and Aidan Corr among six player departures, he expected a return to the form closer to 2019 than that of 2020.
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"I think change is part of footy," he said.
"Some of those guys have been terrific servants at our club. I know how torn Jeremy was with his decision.
"I just think it creates further opportunity.
"I don't see this as any sort of rebuild at all, I see it as a reset.
"There's a bit of change in personnel and a few tweaks to the gameplan that Leon and his coaching group have been looking at, but it's certainly more a reset than a rebuild."
Cameron said he spent some of his off-season reflecting on what went wrong last year.
It came down to a few areas, he said: not being strong enough around the contest, not moving the ball well enough and not handling the 'hubs' as well as they could have.
"We reviewed hard, didn't put our head in the sand and had a really strong pre-season," Cameron said.
"It doesn't mean you're going to win every week, but what it does mean is you want to get your DNA back and that means competing, competing for every second, every minute of the game.
"We want to be closer to the 2019 Giants.
"We need to bounce back with our appetite, our contested method that we built up a really good brand, a really good DNA at our club over four or five years.
"We need to get that brand back.
"We want to play finals footy every year, regardless of whether or not we've got six new kids. When you make the eight, anything can happen."
Interesting they are still pushing private ownership.
If this happens, I don’t think the club will be geographically moved.Interesting they are still pushing private ownership.
Look I’m all for it happens all over the world, but we would need it guaranteed that the club wouldn’t be moved from Western Sydney.
Interesting also we are behind the Saints and Suns in distribution.
Of course not. If anything they might push for GWS to become the "Sydney Giants". "Sydney" is where the money is.If this happens, I don’t think the club will be geographically moved.
Privately-owned teams traditionally have less leverage because they are indeed privately owned.They might also put a lot more heat on governments, who US sporting teams always hit up big time for in-kind benefits.
Forget the lease. Who got the stadium built ?For example, they might look to negotiate a very aggressive lease on Giants Stadium.
The EPL is were you shouldn't be looking for an analogy. The NFL is a lot closer to AFL situation or even the NRL.If you want my best guess at an analogy from EPL
IMO there is only a handful of examples to look at - Edelstein and maybe the Broncos.They might be prepared to spend strategically .
"threat to move", yes , sometimes NFL owners resort to blackmail to leverage their situationThe US model has a lot of leverage in private hands because of the threat to move the club.
Obviously been told to layoff the Kangas to Tassie and chose another easy target.
IMO, two damning points leap off the page from this article.
Was there a known falling out between cogs and davis? They stopped the G1 and G3 series suddenly one year and never returned. Thought a co-captaincy for a fresh captain with a good mate would be a great opportunity unless there were things brewing behind the scenes.IMO, two damning points leap off the page from this article.
First, the failure to shift to a Phil-Cogs Co-Captain model. I’m going to avoid taking the bait and blaming it on Cogs as Caro is determined to do, as that could simply be VFL-land press spin.
However, I hold the Chairman, CEO and HC accountable for failing to implement Phil-Cogs.
Second, if the Chairman and key Board member Bartel are running with the story that they haven’t watched the Amazon train wreck then wow, just wow.
If that is true, these people are being negligent in failing to do their job of assessing all available info relevant to the perception, stability and success of the club.
If it’s not true, that doesn’t help the credibility of a management that is insisting there is no problem at the club.
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