6 Coaches Jobs – who’s in and who’s out

I know its early in the season and we have a ways to go, but here’s my list of coaches who are making the grade… and those who should be looking over their shoulder.

Coaches who make it:
1) Ross Lyon. Yes I’m a Freo supporter, so bias isn’t out of the question. But it takers a master coach to lose nearly all your ruckmen and your marquee player and still find ways to manufacture wins against sides. Lyon’s coaching of The Dockers against Collingwood was outstanding, the team rallied under pressure and stamped their authority on the game when other Freo teams would have folded. This is a well drilled, disciplined, tough side.
2) Ken Hinkley. Lets be honest, no-one expected this from Port Adelaide. A team that were the butt of nearly all AFL jokes has performed far beyond expectations. It remains to be seen where Port will go from here, but kudos to Hinkley for taking a job no-one wanted and producing a competitive start to the season.
3) Chris Scott. Nearly everyone seems to think that The Cats are past their prime, and yet week in, week out, Scott seems to get the best out of his players. 7 wins from as many games sees Geelong sitting alone at the top of the ladder.

Looking over their shoulder:
1)Mark Neeld. Hard to find anything good to say about Melbourne this year. A team teetering on the edge of chaos, bad recruiting and allegations of tanking that just won’t go away. Not all of this is Neeld’s fault of course, but its a harsh footy fact that coaches take the blame, and after The Dees performance against Gold Coast its likely that time is up. And if the club has any brains they will clean out their list and management and start again.
2) Michael Voss. Much was expected after the 2009 season where the Lions participated in the finals campaign, but the following seasons have been disappointing and time must be running out for the coach.
3) Nathan Buckley. Here’s a question: Would Nathan Buckley be coaching The Magpies if Eddie McGuire wasn’t President of Collingwood? The handover between Malthouse and Buckley, engineered by Eddie, always looked strained at best. The Pies haven’t been bad, but they haven’t been that good either. Buckley continues to enjoy the status of a favoured son, but for how long? And if he goes, will McGuire have to go too?

About andy63

Auditorium/Facilities Manager at Kennedy Baptist College. Family man, Dockers Supporter, NFL and NBA tragic who loves the Red Bull Air Race and a good meal. A Christian who is grateful for grace and forgiveness and the fact that Jesus is alive.

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