Footy preview round 12 …continued
Laidley has GONE! What did I say? Remember when I commented that he was a carcass not a coach?
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It needs to be pointed out that the annoying part of this all too short Dean Laidley saga is that the football press just didn’t do their jobs. He was not under sufficient media pressure, the gossip and scrutiny was entirely inadequate. We scarcely had an opportunity to savour his miserable and public humiliation.
He kept too much dignity. I ask – is this what the game is about? I think not. It was a totally unsatisfying way for a coach to end their career. I, along with other football lovers, feel deprived of this most interesting and entertaining aspect of the game.
Thought with Laidley gone, the wheel turns. Who’s next – Williams? Malthouse? Harvey ? Bailey? Let’s just hope that the press do a better job in creating plenty of unwarranted undermining speculation, whoever they happen to have in their sights.
We can all hope that Malthouse goes. Collingwood are desperate to get Bucks as coach next year. His wife is very popular with several members of the leadership group too. Everyone will be happy.
Bucks will land a job with one of the clubs, and Collingwood seems appropriate. It is a forgotten piece of footy history that Bucks left Brisbane as he wanted to play with a successful club, he wanted to play finals football. Instead, he chose Collingwood. He could have stayed with the Brisbane Bears and played in 3 premiership teams, probably as captain.
It is sweetly ironic that he twice experienced loosing grand finals to the club he walked out on.
He should coach Collingwood, this will allow his bad choice record to continue.
In other news, President Kennett of Hawthorn has apologised to the club supporters for the performance of his footy team.
Fair shake of the sauce bottle Jeff!! How about a long overdue apology for the state that you left Victoria in??? Most of us think we are also owed plenty of compensation, paid personally by President Kennett, for the performance of his team of about 10 years ago.
Incidentally, there are 3 games on…
Sydney v Collingwood
The Collingwood Cheer Squad will arrive at the game, directly from a full 24 hours at the Bourbon and Beefsteak. They won’t be in good condition, they’ll be grumpy and feisty. Looking for trouble.
The Sydney supporters really don’t know much about the game. The crowd is always full of drunk, but inoffensive, Irish tourists and families from Waverly, plus a few Oxford St types who were drawn to the game when Warwick Capper was playing in his size 28 shorts.
The Collingwood supporters will create mayhem. They will thrash the Sydney supporters in violence, vomiting and obscene invective. Collingwood fans have these vitals supporter skills that are as good as any in the competition.
Sydney will however win the game of football.
Essendon v Melbourne
People say Melbourne have a young team, I agree, a young team of talentless losers.
Coach Bailey should get plenty of scrutiny, press speculation and undermining after the thrashing Melbourne will get.
Fremantle v Geelong
If Fremantle are beaten by less than 20 goals, Harvey will keep his job for a couple more weeks.
If beaten by more than 20 he may go, even before Williams. The longevity of Harvey is the only result in doubt for this game.
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