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WILLI'S GOTCH SACKED?

OR DID HE WALK?

All it took was another finals loss - to Collingwood last week - for Bradley Gotch's coaching position at Williamstown to come under the spotlight. Within days of being asked to offer an explanation for a run of finals losses Gotch's eight years at Williamstown had ended. But did he walk or was he sacked. Despite all the rumours I'm told that Gotch decided to walk.

Saade Ghazi

It's been widely rumoured that reserves coach Saade Ghazi - who has also left the club - was not as one with Gotch. When I spoke with Ghazi on Satuday 19 September he said nothing could be further from the truth and that he had left the club to pursue a career in real estate and that 'Gotch was a great manager of people'. He went on to say that although there were debates at selection he had the greatest respect for Gotch.

An interesting spin has been the criticism of Gotch playing his son Xavier in the side. Most objective observers believed that Xavier played well enough to warrant selection. But that's football. Everyone, even the most ill-informed has an opinion.

The Magies lead at half-time

It was obvious to me that some of Gotch's Doggies contingent did not play well enough for the Seagulls to muster a win in the finals and that some of the VFL squad simply don't run the lines with enough power or commitment.

Chris Bryan at work for the Magpies

Whatever the truth as to Gotch's departure, there can be no doubt that coaching an aligned side is no walk in the park. Ask Scorpions coach Peter German what it was like to have his finals campaign ruined by the absence of available Demons. Ask a VFL coach what's it's like having to reconcile AFL player development with the passion for success. Brad Gotch won't say publicly what is being said privately, which is that he's had enough of trying to balance these, sometimes conflicting goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 


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