I don’t blame Jackson for it becoming known that Sheedy was out. That was the Board’s decision and they are all responsible, but particularly the President, Graeme McMahon. It’s always been completely incomprehensible to me that a Board could be so utterly idiot as to decide at the beginning of a season that the coach would go at the end of it.
As you say, it completely ■■■■■■ the season, when we were actually playing some very good football. And as you also say, Sheedy was a master of reinvention. He was much better at building a team than at keeping it on top. He took a half-built team in 1981 and with it knocked a dominant Hawthorn off its perch to win the 1984 and 1985 flags, and then we fell away. We were down and out in 1991, he cleaned out the Club and built the 1993 team. That team never lived up to its promise, but then he built 2000. And frittered it away. But he pulled himself together from about 2005 and in 2007 the team was coming together. And the Board pulled the rug out from under him.
Eight years later we’re full of potential, but we’re still only on the fringe of the 8. It’s Worsfold’s challenge to turn potential into reality.