The timing was purely about making the finals, as soon as it was impossible they sacked him, would have been talking about it for at least a month. I’m hoping they had a “not making the finals for four years in a row” clause in the contract but more likely they are just prepared to wear the breach of the soft tax to start fresh this preseason, one thing for sure is that whoever comes in is going to have to spend the entire off season working on skills training because ours are abysmal.
I get a sense there's a fair bit of work to be done. Game plan, team culture, skills, conditioning, injury management, I fear from a list management standpoint we are in some trouble. Whilst all that is broken is not a coach's responsibility to fix, I don't think its an ideal role/environment for a first time/young coach like Longmuir. There's just too much to bite off in a town like Perth. I'm pushing for either Brad Scott or Sumich who has been around the block a few times.
Connolly was a young untried coach coming in to a club on it's knees, and was given a hostile reception from a lot of the locals. He had the team competitive in his first year and playing finals the next year.
I don't know if Longmuir is the go but I wouldn't like them to get sucked in to making the decision based on risk aversion.
And Longmuir is 38. Scott was 34 when he got the North Melbourne job. Old Man Longmuir they'll call him.
I think some of you underestimate the capacity of footballers to "revert to type". A lot of those recently recruited are footy players, and when given license to hone their skills and play attacking footy they will grab it. We saw that in the Norths game, and for about a half against GWS.
And before the Lyonistas get in at the end of next year, when we have had a successful year with a relatively injury free year, claiming if Lyon had the same luck with injuries, he would have done as well. Just remember, Lyon has never had a good run with injuries to his players, and it is not due to luck.