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3 hours ago, Wells 11 said:

It’s so out of the blue that I gotta wonder if he jumped or was pushed? Something tells me there’s a fair bit more to this story than meets the eye. 

Hmm, I wonder if Mrs Hardwick had anything to do with this ...   😉

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1 hour ago, Nascent said:

Wouldn't surprise if he is Tassies inaugural coach.

I think it was Caro a month back saying he would be a likely replacement for Dew at the Suns, who she still seems adamant will lose his job at the end of the year 🤷‍♀️ 

Wouldn't surprise me if the AFL has already stamped his cards and is telling Hardwick to reset and take a break for 5 months before returning, if he wants the job.

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1 hour ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

I’ll go with burnout, one day you feel fine, wake up the next morning and you’re done. 

Surely his last 2/3 years (  coincidentally after his split with MrsH which was ironic after all) he has never been the same. 
The Tigers have after 4 years of supreme footy are past their best and all those close games shows he had lost his aura as well. 

Dimma  does not take losing kindly and has shown his true colours over the last 50 plus games with an  occasional resort to street fighting language " let him say that to my face ". Not what coaching is about or great for the second best coach in the 2000's to be remonstrating.

That  of course  is part of the package as a player when in trouble resort to your street habits under pressure. 

He possibly feels his message may well not be reaching  the players allied with the record of 11 out of 13 plus a draw as well under 6 point  losses it's the right time.

Yes he may  be back but the intensity today he possesses might also see him out of the limelight for a season or two at least. 

Some will welcome this others wil miss his occasional headline grabbing statements or actions. 

One thing is his record of 3 flags puts him right at the top of the Tigers  greatest and a huge performer in the modern era only surpassed by Clarko with 4 flags and level with Chris Scott whose sustained excellence and 2 flags from 3 GF over the same period place them as equals in my estimation. 

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11 hours ago, dees189227 said:

So hang on he hasn't told the players yet but Tom Morris announced it. 

Who leaked the info to him. 

I'm guessing there are some phone calls going on tonight 

You'd reckon Hardwick would be absolutely filthy this got out.  He didn't want his players to find out this way and to have someone close to him run to Tom Morris of all people, must be particularly galling.

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Hardwick won’t miss anyone on the way out. 
Let’s hope he whacks the AFL, the state of the game, the MRO, the stupidity of 4 field umps, the score review system fiasco, the treatment of coaches, the dogs in the media, the dogs not in the media, the State government, the Federal government, cops who taser old ladies and throws a bit of climate change hysteria in for good measure. 
 

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13 hours ago, Jjrogan said:

This is the guy that held back a teenager so his teammate Wallis could punch him. Yup real warrior. What a fighter. Tough as nails.  Dont let the door hit you on the way out, im sure the team and everyone that depends on you will be fine despite you dont want to honour a contract that pays you exactly what you signed up for.  Sorry, not sorry. 

Hahaha - I'm the same, always hated him as a player, the king of snipers, so his coaching achievements have always been grudgingly admired.  His late 90s Kath & Kim haircut always gave me a laugh though. 

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21 minutes ago, McQueen said:

Hardwick won’t miss anyone on the way out. 
Let’s hope he whacks the AFL, the state of the game, the MRO, the stupidity of 4 field umps, the score review system fiasco, the treatment of coaches, the dogs in the media, the dogs not in the media, the State government, the Federal government, cops who taser old ladies and throws a bit of climate change hysteria in for good measure. 
 

Why would he do that; as it would be very likely he will be coaching again.

He hasn’t walked away from 1.5 years pay, without another job.

Just as an aside, he met my wife, daughter and grand daughter at a cafe and when they approached him, he couldn’t have been nicer to them, even when they said they were Dees fans.

Chris Judd on the other hand, couldn’t have been ruder to my son, who incidentally played in the same junior competition 1 year ahead when they were in a store together. 

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I see the Aussie tall poppy syndrome is in full swing.

What a fantastic coach and what a wonderful legacy he will leave at Richmond. It is never as simple as one man but he was front and centre of the Tigers success along with our very own Craig Cameron amongst others. 
 

The teams we hate are pivotal to our game and without them footy wouldn’t be what it is. Hardwick added spice and interest to our game. He also reshaped it when he won his first flag with a game plan many in the competition followed. 
 

His pressers were great viewing as he put the journo’s in their place and he often said what needed to be said. And like Ian Chappell he’s going out on his own term, at least for now.

Well done Dimma, some footy fans may rejoice at todays news but the footy world will recognise and appreciate what you have achieved and I only hope Goodwin can do the same. 

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Just now, Redleg said:

Why would he do that; as it would be very likely he will be coaching again.

He hasn’t walked away from 1.5 years pay, without another job. 

People can say anything nowadays and not have any long term consequences. 
He’s salty about something. Whether it’s disclosed in today’s press conference remains to be seen. 

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Great work by the media to not have the audio set up so we can hear the questions being asked. 🤦🏻

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6 minutes ago, McQueen said:

Great work by the media to not have the audio set up so we can hear the questions being asked. 🤦🏻

How can the AFL and the media not get this right?  Every post-game press conference has the same issue, year after year - but to not even get it together for a press conference of this magnitude beggars belief.

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