The good news is we're not the first club to go through this. Also clubs have seen the other side of the tunnel (i.e. Brisbane and Gold Coast at the moment)As I posted in the priority pick thread, our current percentage ranks us in the vicinity of such luminaries as Neeld-era Melbourne, the inaugural seasons of the expansion clubs and the dying whimpers of Fitzroy. Even still, all of those teams managed to win a game, so we’re potentially setting a new benchmark for awful-ness.
The biggest problem that I can see is that there’s not 1, or even 2/3 defining factors that have led to current events. While I appreciate that a football forum is a melting pot of differing opinions by definition, a scroll through the first page of this board can attribute our current state to:
- Our coaching team as a whole
- Our midfield structure
- Our forward structure
- Lack of overall talent
- Player retention
- Player development
- Drafting under Ogilvie
- List management under Reid
- Selection philosophies/
- Fitness under Hass
- Unaccountability of the board
- General contempt/indifference for fans
- Loss of trust between players & club (the camp)
The scariest part about this? All of these viewpoints have some validity to them to varying degrees, and solving a couple of them will have minimal effect on the club’s fortunes while the others are left unchecked.
I don’t see any way out of this mess without a clean out of the club from the top down, and as we’ve seen already, one of the few things the higher-ups are competent at is covering their own backsides ie the sham review of everything but themselves.
Anyone got any ideas on any meaningful change that can be impacted to stop us circling the drain? As much as I enjoy taking the piss out of the club, it kills me that we’ve turned into the laughing stock/punching bag of the comp.
I remember I made a post on here last year at halftime vs Melbourne saying that we were our own worst enemies and I did not post on here for another month after we somehow still managed to win that game in unlikely fashion but at halftime I was perhaps the most frustrated I had ever been following this club. Got a few wins before the bye and then the season collapsed dramatically after the bye as the team gave up on itself. They were indeed their own worst enemies at times. It is certainly not easy repairing this mess and it requires a lot of patience. I just hope next week the guys come out with some fight and not just turn up thinking they have an easy game. I don't care if we finish 18th or go winless, I want to see some real fight in this team.There is no repairing this diabolical mess.
Also underachieving during the Craig days as well. 2005 was such a darn good team and then Roo lost his temper, got suspended and cost his team dearly that year.
The only hope for this club is a challenge to the current regime from another group of influential people who truly do love the AFC. I don't see that happening.There is no coming back from this. If a Pine Forest gets Pine Beetle, all infected trees are cut down and burned. Scrap all the football department, and basically start a new
Don't forget John Reid the architect of the Tippett debacle. I can almost 100% guarantee that Neil Craig would have also known about and rubber stamped the deal. The AFC has been the play thing of the Adelaide private school boys club.
Both were under Trigg and Chapman. I agree with you though. Those 2 ran the show and told the minions like Reid and Craig exactly what to do. It's actually the ADELAIDE CLUB that run things in this city.Don't forget John Reid the architect of the Tippett debacle. I can almost 100% guarantee that Neil Craig would have also known about and rubber stamped the deal. The AFC has been the play thing of the Adelaide private school boys club.
But demetriou was the bastard behind it all as he happily let rendell move to collingwood. He effectively leant on trigg to sack him so a vic club coukd directly benefit. Demetriou should have been investigated for corruptionRendell didn't deserve to be sacked but WHO made the decision? Trigg. Who condoned it? Chapman.
Trigg and Chapman didn't show any balls to stand up to him. Dimwit screwed us more than any other VFL commish. Mongrel bloke.But demetriou was the bastard behind it all as he happily let rendell move to collingwood. He effectively leant on trigg to sack him so a vic club coukd directly benefit. Demetriou should have been investigated for corruption
I don't suspect the AFL will be happy about our situation at all. If our crowds start dropping (they already appear to be) they will be very concerned given our normal attendance figures.Are you kidding? The AFL and the AFL media are loving every minute of the Crows’ position.