Why are we so quick to discard coaches?


Talons B Sharp
Sep 26, 2012
AFL Club
Coaches know they are on the flimsy cerebral line when it comes to retaining their job..

they are always working harder to get themselves relevant...

discard... recharge... dilute... wrangle... shoot onsite... no that is wrong.. shuffle the deck chairs.. learn to live in the moment..


Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 8, 2011
AFL Club
West Coast
I think it should and will come more common place. A big litmus test to this is Ratten in the short term. If he has a bit of success at the saints, it will be the new 'in' thing in AFL circles.

One big problem that has prevented this is that generally a new coach comes in and they effectively wipe the list and start with kids and then it starts again. Clubs talk about bottoming out and rebuilding. It's such a crock of shit. Teams should just try and improve on the previous year each year.

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Dec 31, 2019
AFL Club
Other Teams
West Perth; SGI Dragons
No the main difference is in America failing is seen as good experience where as in Australia if you don't win a flag in your first time in charge you are immediately black listed from coaching for ever.
If Damien Hardwick or Adam Simpson had been sacked at the end of 2016 neither would have ever been given another coaching gig. Both would have been written off as bad coaches.
I really think this is the key reason why the AFL doesn't have older coaches- because they are almost exclusively 'one and done'.

Brett Ratten seemed like an obvious candidate for another senior job and look how long it took, Mark Williams wasn't even that lucky. Brad Scott probably achieved as much as he could out of North and his senior AFL coaching days are likely done. Plus, who knows what improvement people like Matthew Knights, Michael Voss and Justin Leppitsch make following their sackings. Leigh Matthews and David Parkin could certainly coach despite being sacked and having a break between gigs.

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