My thoughts? Well, Bailey has worked under Kevin Sheedy and Mark Williams, so he will be familiar with the tactical aspects of the caper. I just hope he's tough. Under both Neil Balme and Neil Daniher Melbourne could play scintillating footy, but when the pressure went on the Demons almost always failed to cope. There were too many times under both those coaches when you knew the Dees were done five minutes into a game. One time against Essendon in early 2003 we started OK, but at quarter time you knew the game, and the season, was in the torlet. It was painful. The same goes for round one against the Saints this year. If Bailey can get us playing hard footy and keep us in games, especially on the off days, then it will be a step forward. Williams' tactics, Sheedy's spiteful rat cunning and Northey's spirit - is that too much to ask?
An email arrives:
- It was Bailey and then daylight – Nathan Burke (who was involved in the process) described him as the best presenter he has ever seen and the first time he had actually learnt something from a coach (that’s not surprising after playing under Cornflakes)
- The board agonised over whether to announce before the weekend but Chocco did the work for them – they do not seem too worried about that although given that they have pissed Bailey off immediately I would suggest Port is not too happy – big call to get rid of your key assistant when you are 2nd on the ladder and about to go into a finals campaign
- Big chance for Connolly to replace Fagan although Peter Schwab is also a candidate
- They want Riley to stay on in more of a player development role
- Here’s the big one – we might get Hardwick as an assistant as well – that would be huge as I reckon he could be a gun