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  1. Dropping Oscar doesn’t make sense to me, thought with him the team it allowed May and Lever to play their roles a lot better
    34 points
  2. I don't get it, and I don't like it. Oscar was poor last week, but we've had a settled and functioning backline since he came in. Last week we had a disgusting drop in pressure and increase in turnovers, so it's no wonder the back half performed worse than it had the previous month. Adelaide has a relatively tall forward line (Himmelberg is 198cm, McAsey is 197cm, and Walker, Fogarty and Lynch are all 193cm). Was this the game to throw the third tall defender out and, presumably, rely on Hibberd to play on someone 7cm+ taller than him? Or are we sending Tomlinson into defence when he hasn't been training as a key defender all year? Or are we really dumb enough to put Fritsch back into defence after the abject failure that was Fritsch in the backline in 2019? It doesn't make sense to me. Meanwhile our midfield last week was poor and we've made no changes. All of Sparrow, Jones, Brayshaw and Harmes retain their spots. I don't mind Bennell and ANB changing up our forward half mix, and I absolutely agree with TMac being dropped, but I'm concerned that we're going to disrupt the improvement and progress we saw in our back half. Maybe it's MFCSS, but I can see one of Adelaide's talls doing a Kent Kingsley and bagging 5 against us, making Lever and May look woeful as they repeatedly find themselves out of position trying to cover too many talls without support.
    8 points
  3. So if we're trading one of them, it's Brayshaw. No offence to Gus, but he's not even in the same field as Oliver. I'm not even so sure the club would look to trade Gus and, even if they did, I'm not sure we'll get what we want. It's easy to say trade one, but it's harder to get the player we need. They have to be out there and available. Also, harsh assessment on Bennell. His best was excellent, and even if he is a little past it due to his injury history, we've seen that he has the capability to contribute at a good level to our side.
    8 points
  4. I'm really surprised Jones gets another gig. No idea what value he is adding right now.
    7 points
  5. I dont understand the criticism of Bartlett's comments from various people. He is well within his rights as president to put everyone involved with the Football program on notice. One of those notable voices concerning there displeasure was none other than Goody's great mate Bernie Vince. Clear as day as to what he was trying to do by condemning Bartlett's commentary to protect his buddy from well deserved heat. I personally loved it and thought it was quiet refreshing hearing El Presidente speak his mind on the teams shocking performance.
    7 points
  6. Double Mac out, will please many posters. I thought Oscar had been decent and that our backline looked better with him in
    6 points
  7. Embarrassing and not a surprise. It was infuriating to hear that interview with 3rd gamer Georgiadis last week saying he enjoyed running around against us with little pressure and being allowed free run to fly for marks. It just shows when we are not switched on we have bugger all intensity around the ground, to the point where even kids can gain confidence and dominate us. On the other end of the scale, we barely had a rising star nomination in 4-5 years. Not that it's the be all and end all, but it's a measure that shows our kids don't develop as well and take far longer to have an impact or make it. Player development is still the biggest weakness the club has had for decades IMO.
    6 points
  8. Oscar has been dropped because he let a player of only a few games experience, Georgiades, wipe the floor with him. Mind you, Goodwin needs a slap for a poor matchup. His reaction time is so slow that he can only play against Gorillas. He should only get a game if there is an obvious opponent.
    5 points
  9. FMD !!! I love Demonland!!! I’ve never seen Oscar get so much support!!
    5 points
  10. Amazing how many credits certain players are given more than others.
    5 points
  11. Thank phark this bloke is back in tomorrow night. It's no coincidence that we play better football when he is in the team, it's happened on multiple occasions now. Not blessed with skill but raises the bar for the whole team with his attack on the opponent. Love him!
    5 points
  12. Too top heavy massive trouble when it hits the deck. Our backline is functioning well leave it alone
    5 points
  13. I understand where both of you are coming from and while expressed differently, I really appreciate the support.
    5 points
  14. Tom Morris... "I understand he (Goodwin) is by no means secure to keep his job beyond this year, if they don't play finals in 2020" "My mail is strong, and he is not safe if they don't play finals" On the financials, which he said $1.4m over 2 years... "Soft cap if worse comes to worse is not an obstacle" and that "Dee's have 4th best balance sheet in AFL" "One of most underrated stories is that at an administration level, they are in quite a good financial position. They can pay over the soft cap next year and the year after if they need to" "They've sold lucrative Leigh Oak hotel for close to $11m and by Christmas will be one of the few unassisted clubs if they raise another $400k, as they expect to do" "It'll simply come down to what is the priority" "Can the club function on a potential $5 soft cap next year and the year after and Im told as a worse case scenario they can"
    5 points
  15. I like the selections personally. Would have brought in Hunt or Rivers for a bit of speed perhaps. But Adelaide arent a quick side either.
    4 points
  16. Lloyd definitely deserves to have his name spelt incorrectly in this thread title. He's irrelevant.
    4 points
  17. T Mac needs to take a bath in WD40 his body just cannot allow him to be agile enough to play Key fwd
    4 points
  18. Makes an awful lot of sense. Top call. As you say the coaches role has become ridiculously broad (in the last 15 years or so i reckon). Spread too thin and too much responsibility for man management, so to speak. On game day a NBA coach has one, two max assistants. Too much going on for multiple voices. I reckon AFL is the same. Too many voices. Get a coach whose expertise is tactics, strategy and game day expertise. Get a gun GM who do all the man management required a list of 40 odd young men demands. I reckon it is no coincidence Geelong and Richmond's recent success coincides with Neil Balme being at those clubs and heading their football department.
    4 points
  19. I personally feel like footy is about to take a bit of a shift in the way football departments are structured, and become more like the NBA with a lot more of the power going to the GM of footy and the senior coach effectively only focusing on coaching the team and game day tactics. I feel like the role of a senior coach has become so broad that it's really difficult to find someone capable of being good enough in enough areas that it covers the area's they aren't as strong. if i were in charge i'd be looking for the absolute best GM of footy avaliable. and then seeing how Goody (or someone else) goes in a significantly reduced senior coaching role.
    4 points
  20. Melksham's one of the rare players at the club that can kick a ball properly and through the big sticks. He stays.
    4 points
  21. One of my pet peeves is that other clubs have young guys come in and have an immediate impact. We have a crop now that were all high draft picks, but we are talking 5-7 years into their careers to actually contribute in a meaningful fashion. Power are a great example - Rozee, Duursma, Butters have been important players in the Powers rise, despite being 1st or 2nd year players and then Georgiades pops up as a first year player and contributes also. We seem to pick a lot of project players and by the time they are ready, it might be too late
    4 points
  22. You are complaining about a president showing he cares?
    4 points
  23. Easily fixed though We keep hiring First Time Coaches ***Stop doing it*** We need the Best Coach in the land ( should have been Ratten a few years back, but Roos held the decision)
    4 points
  24. This is like when you're looking for your sunglasses and eventually someone says "they're on your head!" No wonder Goodwin can't find the problem.
    4 points
  25. The coach and the players have stunk it up for a year and a half. Nothing has changed. And we have a full list. Anything else is just a pathetic excuse.
    4 points
  26. Termination (by either party) clauses will have the financial aspects (and other rights and responsibilities) stated so I was not suggesting any termination is 'free'. Quite the opposite. My point was related to people claiming we would have to pay out the whole contract said to be ~ $1.4m. 'Termination' clauses, if included, would protect us against that. The financial aspects of 'Termination' clauses could be 'X' months of salary, % of salary for the balance of the contract, the total (or 'discounted') $ for the term remaining or any other combo both parties negotiate. As I indicated it would be rare in these times to not have Termination (by either party) clauses in (service agreements). It was in that context ie if our Board didn't include them that imv it would be 'failed corporate governance'. If as you believe our Board did include them then our corporate governance is solid and we would not be up for $1.4m suggested. Edit: There are broadly two types of Termination clauses 1) Not meeting critical KPI's and 2) Falling out of love with each other. Both should be included in Coaching contracts.
    4 points
  27. Last contract I signed was reviewed at 6 months and at 12 months thereafter.Usually 3 year contracts. If performance was deemed to be unsatisfactory against measurables then a process of departure was started with negotiated settlement. I've signed a few of these and never has the contract ever been fully paid out even if the reason was the project not proceeding. I work in the construction and development industies.Perhaps footy coach contracts are different. If he hasnt performed he cannot expect a full payout.
    4 points
  28. I am more worried about not wanting to turn up last Thursday. That game was over in 5 minutes Port Adelaide performed at a high standard tonight after a 4 day break Thr MFC over many years has often chosen when to go and when not to, other clubs just get on with it
    4 points
  29. No. You’ve got to give him the chance to turn it around. He is on notice....
    4 points
  30. Ratings? Virtually every time we are on Prime Time we completely embarrass ourselves.
    4 points
  31. Watts was a great kick. He almost never helped us win. We need players who have both attributes.
    4 points
  32. Interesting discussion on a couple levels.
    4 points
  33. Rob is all class & his view is one that’s shared by 90% of the AFL ‘inner sanctum’ & whilst this years still not gone yet.. one eye clearly must be on list mgmt & again noise is there that we are already looking hard at some very much ‘needs’ based options which we have track record to show we are capable of, diff is this time it to correct what we incorrectly saw as our needs in past 2 off seasons. Foot Skills & A marking target with a big tank. That’s what we need and it’s what we will do all we can to get. Brayshaw would’ve been enough last year but currency far too low now, so best bet is free agency, as the other 3 top kids are never going anywhere not on your life and rightly so. Jeremy Cameron has been and very much is still on the Radar, but obv it’s at best a long-shot of 30-1 but be known, Melb ARE trying to facilitate a deal & have more space opening up than ppl realise with Jones gone Hogan off books 100% now & missing on Elliot LY. Butler wow what an oversight, esp considering many MFC coterie tried to get him to MFC it was just so obvious and yet.. But, Casboult is the one we missed on and could’ve had LY but hindsight’s a wonderful thing, still a chance but now Brown is looking the most viable and he dies have a good tank and provides much of what JH did and Weids would compliment him well. Georgiadis another we will do all we can to get but that’s a pipe dream considering he’s from WA, but with Dixon & Marshall one May be sues to top off a need for them as they are close on the premiership clock and could use one of them to pry a defender out of another club so who knows an opportunity may arise from a 3 way trade. Hunt, Brayshaw will be trading chips but again value not there u led Gus form turns quick, if it does then value goes up exponentially. Gibbs someone club may look at for his composure and foot skills if he comes free, the other one’s the club are looking at is Sheed whom I’d love & Parish. Hore and just foot skills missed as is Perry’s work at contest and hands he’s a genuine option as key fwd his contest stats show that. Fritsch needs to go back and will to shore up the foot skills, Rivers will return for same reason.. I think Jordon needs to get a look in on wing & Bedfords pressure may be handy if we get talls mix right first. Glen Bartlett backed his guys in LY & is now, quite rightly, letting rip as he’s just beyond angry believing the list is right but that the run and carry strategy should be what we are driving but he doesn’t have the nous to recognise that style can’t win against teams like WC and doesn’t hold up without more leg speed outside. Banking Geel & Lions wins would have us top 4 so doom gloom way overblown, every other club can have bad games and be written off as Clanger I mean crikey Dogs are all over place, Pies now 3 deal Howlers, we will be 5-5 if Nth don’t stun punch us (which they darn well can) and that’s far from dead and buried!
    4 points
  34. I totally agree. I thought it was an article that written by someone that didn’t want to offend anyone who might in the future be interviewing him for a footy dept job.
    4 points
  35. o mac very stiff can't understand not keeping the backline the same yet continuing to pick jog and jones
    3 points
  36. I wouldn't go that far with it - Oscar being in the side has allowed Lever to play his natural game in defence, so in some ways, both have benefited over the last month or so. I don't think we miss Frost at all to be honest. May is essentially his replacement and he's having a far better year.
    3 points
  37. Still way too many inside mids. Amazed we are carrying all 4 of Harmes, Brayshaw, Jones and Sparrow. Should be two at the most but ideally just one of them.
    3 points
  38. I couldn’t see us losing to Essendon when they were essentially made up of all VFL top up players and yet we did. I never take anything for granted with Melbourne.
    3 points
  39. This. Something must be wrong with him i reckon. Must be carrying an injury still. In terms of condition he has never got close to his best since his foot issues. Funnily enough i thought he looked in better shape in the Suns game than he did after a three week block of uninterrupted training and not having to recover from games.
    3 points
  40. Maybe start by losing a few kg's and improving his mobility. That's if that is even possible....
    3 points
  41. 3 points
  42. Max put a qualifier on playing the Crows: " … but my scans were relatively good this week, so it's all systems go at this stage." My guess he will nominated in the team tonight and the leave it to the last minute tomorrow to decide. The clue will be in whether Tomlinson and TMac are selected and/or who is the nominated emergency.
    3 points
  43. Nailed it. Same old crap each week/year. He is out of his depth, clearly.
    3 points
  44. You bring in an experienced coach who demands respect, a Clarkson or Lyon. We can't and shouldn't have ever gone down the rookie path, it isn't a good fit for MFC.
    3 points
  45. Wines is exactly the type of player we don’t need. We have half a dozen of his type. And a month ago he was in a rut, just like Clarry is now. Clarry’s disposal has been terrible but it’s not a career problem, I suspect it’s mental. A bit of confidence and we’ll see him back to his best. And as a side note, what we recruited Toumpas to be is exactly the type of player we still need. Someone to play on the opposite wing to Langdon and perform consistently. We botched the pick on the wrong player but hindsight is 20:20.
    3 points
  46. The article makes some interesting points. One of those is the argument that there is merit to a club staying strong and keeping the faith despite the outside noise. It also makes some odd points. He suggests trying Hannan or Fritsch in the backline, in some sort of attempt to replicate Howe. What has Hannan shown to suggest he could be a defender? And worse, did the author not watch Fritsch in the backline in 2019? The stat about inside 50s vs tackles inside 50 (4th vs 14th) is important, but the question is what is the cause of that? IMO, one of the causes is being outnumbered forward of centre, meaning that it's too easy for our opponent to clear the ball before we can put pressure on. Another cause is kicks resulting in intercept marks: I'd love to see the stat for intercept marks conceded, and I suspect it would be high. No chance to lay a tackle if they've marked it. And another cause is the wrong mix of forwards (e.g. too tall vs Port). I don't agree that we need to find a different sort of "high half forward" to put pressure on. We have them: Melksham, Hannan, Pickett, vandenBerg, even Spargo/ANB/Hunt when they're in the team, can all chase and apply pressure. But it's much harder to do when we butcher the ball and turn it over going inside 50. If we hit more targets, or create more even-numbered contests inside 50, we'll be able to generate more pressure. So much of our malaise stems simply from turnovers. If we reduce the turnovers, many facets of our game improve.
    3 points
  47. Yes "its said", but by people who like to denigrate others for fun, not by anyone with any real understanding. My experience is that millennials and gen Y love constructive criticism and feedback. They look to improve themselves and develop successful, fulfilling careers. They don't like getting a spray from an old fool who doesn't know how to do simple modern tasks. They don't like slugging it out for a pittance while the same old fool is hoarding all the wealth, houses etc. and using exploitative practices such as umpaid internships. I expect the same happens gen y footballers. Give them a spray and only some will be motivated. A good manager, a good coach, will use all techniques available to get the best out of their players. In this way Gen Y are harder work. So it isn't surprising that the old timers complain about millennials, they can't just yell and scream, they need to think.
    3 points
  48. Exactly the type of forward line player that we need too. And Viney is a decent kick for goal. With Pickett in the other pocket it's a nice contrast. Allows Brayshaw to play as a midfielder (where he belongs) And then bring Tomlinson in to play on the wing (which is what he was recruited for) Brayshaw works in well with Oliver whilst Petracca can shine on his own. We could at least try it as lets face it, what have we got to lose? It would be a surprise if we made the finals so the MC really should be a lot more imaginative. The selected sides have been a dogs breakfast for too long ... we keep playing blokes out of position, we pick unbalanced sides and the MC lacks creativity when it comes to picking the right line-ups. It's a major failing.
    3 points
  49. In 2013 the club asked for and received a grant of $1.4Million from the AFL ... not long after Mark Neeld was sacked. It was rumoured at the time that we did have a cash-flow issue in 2013 and we did post a loss of $1.7Million that season (the only loss between the years 2008 - 2018. But I believe that Goodwin doesn't need the team to make the finals to keep hold of his position. 7 - 9 wins will see him survive especially if we see W/L tallies of 5 & 6, 7 & 8 etc as the season progresses. Every time we get a win the call for Goodwin's head dies down dramatically. Anyway, we have far bigger issues than just the coach. We have deep-seated cultural problems which runs right through the club from the Board down. And the players can't be let off the hook again either. They play on their own terms and have done for years.
    3 points
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