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Is it too early to start the 'It's all burgoes fault and we need to sack him ASAP' thread?

Welcome Darren! A great get for our footy club! https://coupler.foxsports.com.au/api/v1/article/amp/afl/afl-2019-darren-burgess-joins-melbourne-as-new-head-of-high-performance/news-story/252

I know this will be howled down by many on here, but the reason for a lot of the injury/fitness issues were because we got so far last year with a relatively young and inexperienced team. After Hawtho

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Terrific and the first step to becoming a true professional club. This is the exact appointment i want to hear of, going hard and getting their man, a very well renowned operator and beating other clubs and sports to the punch. 

Now lets adopt that attitude to players and better assistant coaching group. Show the supporters the club has a single minded approach to righting the wrongs of this season.

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I have no expertise to comment but given his background, in the EPL and AFL, and the fact Fox says we beat others to the punch it's welcome news. Moreso because it is setting us up for a proper preseason framework already in place.

People here bag Misson but at the time of his appointment he was welcomed as a well-credentialled operator and he certainly lifted us in his early days. This year though, some heads had to go as our preparation was clearly below par.

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17 minutes ago, pitmaster said:

I have no expertise to comment......

.This year though, some heads had to go as our preparation was clearly below par.

Not having  a shot at ypu pitmaster but I'm not sure it is possible, or fair, to categorically say our prep has been poor this year (unless you have both inside knowledge and the relevant expertise).

You might be right of course or our fitness issues might be down to bad luck  but personally I'd hate to see misso's reputation get tarnished and for him to cop unwarranted,  ill informed criticism.

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Great news for us.

It is some rare good and encouraging news which gives supporters and players something to get excited about.

Will also help allay fears prospective players might have of joining us.

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24 minutes ago, Wiseblood said:

Apparently we beat out a number of overseas clubs, two AFL clubs and an A-League club for his signature.

This bloke clearly knows his stuff.  Great coup for the club.

Source?

Maybe other clubs weren't prepared to pay the asking price, just saying.  Its good news but not sure its a coup!

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Let's hope he's here for at least a medium term of 3 years plus.

He has a history of moving around to further his career.

Perhaps it's time to settle down and get the job done at Melbourne.

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Just now, Lucifer's Hero said:

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Maybe other clubs weren't prepared to pay the asking price, just saying.  Its good news but not sure its a coup!

This is taken from the Herald Sun article:

The Demons beat several overseas clubs, at least two other AFL teams and one A-League club for his signature

I'm probably going a bit far with the coup talk, but the bloke has a pretty good resume.  The proof will be in the pudding of course, but it's a positive announcement.

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Without wanting to dampen the good mood, and i am really happy with it, do we know the length of the contract. The press Release says we have secured him for the 2020 season... surely its more than a 1 year deal.. surely?

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The club, and in particular Mahoney, has been coping alot of flack in recent times but let's face it over the last 3 to 4 years. Whenever it comes out in the media that the club wants someone they've had a pretty good strike rate at getting deals done

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1 hour ago, Demon3 said:

Without wanting to dampen the good mood, and i am really happy with it, do we know the length of the contract. The press Release says we have secured him for the 2020 season... surely its more than a 1 year deal.. surely?

The Age is reporting Mahoney saying:  “He’s passionate about the role and genuinely excited to get started, so he will be great to have on our team for years to come.”

So all good!.  Maybe the press release should have read 'from' 2020

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34 minutes ago, binman said:

Not having  a shot at ypu pitmaster but I'm not sure it is possible, or fair, to categorically say our prep has been poor this year (unless you have both inside knowledge and the relevant expertise).

You might be right of course or our fitness issues might be down to bad luck  but personally I'd hate to see misso's reputation get tarnished and for him to cop unwarranted,  ill informed criticism.

Rest assured I have neither inside knowledge nor expertise. What I was getting at was that players were clearly underdone in the opening month and while that may have been unavoidable given the extraordinary number of surgeries, given how the season developed some element of our preparation in the context of those medical issues has left us poorly positioned to compete.

Like you, I don't want Misson copping unjustified criticism which is why I reminded posters that his appointment was welcomed and seen at the time as part of the club's growing professionalism. 

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