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Saints Sack Ratten & Appoint Lyon as Coach

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5 hours ago, BDA said:

Good coach and a decent bloke. Getting the sack 2 months after extending is just amateur hour

Did the best he could with the list available. Reckon their head recruiter should be getting the chop before him

This is Yze's opportunity but you never know with this Saints executive. Tough gig but someone has to do it. 

And if Yze does leave we could do worse that Ratten as senior assistant

Completely agree. His first gig as a coach was with our midfield and he did a great job.

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3 minutes ago, Jaded No More said:

In other words: we just woke up yesterday and went "god we are just not good", and decided someone had to get sacked. 


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If he lands de goey we keep him if not ensure we keep it quiet till after trade period so players don't walk out

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Ratten was a good coach at Carlton who got nowhere because their recruiting was awful and their list just ran out of improvement.

I think he did ok at St Kilda but someone has to take the fall for their lack of list strategy apart from load up on players other teams didn’t want.

It probably wasn’t Ratten’s idea, but a coach has to give direction to their football department and if it’s the wrong direction they need to get out.

Its a shame for Brett because he’s 100-1 to get a 3rd shot at it but it’s hard to argue it was either sack him now or sack him in June. 

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Bassat sounds like a tool of the highest order. Ditto Lethlean.

“I also want to address the issue of the extension of the contract.

“We gave Brett assurance at the start of 2022 that we would give him clarity mid-year. 

“At the time, the team was winning games and in contention, and we wanted to give Brett all the support he needed to give him the best chance of success and to show that he could be our long-term coach. 

“If we as a Club have regrets about that in hindsight, we cannot let those regrets get in the way of making the right decision for the future.
“The Football Review has affirmed that while we have made improvements, there is still a big gap between where we are and where we want to be, and that we have a lot more work to do right across the Club to create a culture that drives sustainable success. 

“We do not yet have the winning culture or ruthless commitment to football excellence that we need.

“Our Club is hungry for success, and we believe a different type of leader and a new voice is needed to take us on the next stage of the journey.

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They'll some excited new rookies being picked by the saints next month, not...

Saints had their problem but it looks like the board had concerns but never raised them so Rotten could respond during the season.  he can get great efforts from the team and other times, nothing.  Is that a culture thing at the saints?  We have been through that late season collapse many times.


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Is there an administrator more appalling than Simon Lethlean? Rhetorical. 

There was a point in time when Carlton (as a power house) used to send St Kilda all of it's off cut players. Now it's the AFL. Finnis and Lethlean. There's another but I can't think who it is.

Lethlean shouldn't even be in the industry imo let alone the new CEO. It's jobs for the boys big time over there.


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