I dont think its controversial to suggest that Woosh isnt going to win us games with overly tactical setups. He seems an excellent people manager and figurehead who has a clear picture on the overall requirements to be a good side. He clearly has an adaptable game from season to season, last year he set us up to stay in games defensively where possible, this year it shifted to more attacking with the full list back together. But it seems he believes in keeping it relatively consistent and stable across a season, even when not going well at times. That’s admirable in the figurehead, you need consistency and predictability, especially given everything he had to tie together, particularly outside the 2 hours of matchday and arguably even then.
Given that, I think the focus needs to be firstly on 1st-4th year player development. We will sink or swim on getting the maximum return from the likes of the two L’s, Francis, Redman etc. Whatever it costs, find the best development (from a footy viewpoint) guy/girl/people and get them to the club. Its vital that we not squander what we have. I used to see Goodwin and McCartney at the VFL huddles, instructing and coaxing, adding input. I found it impressive. Do we still have that type of involvement? (Its tough with AFL v VFL timeclashes, I know) Maybe we do, but I have a nagging feeling that we aren’t at the cutting edge of getting our kids to play as needed. That’s not a shot at Corrigan either, I think he’s quite impressive from the bits I’ve seen. I’m also not convinced that selection policy always helps either, or at least hasn’t this year.
Secondly, find tactically adept minds to put in the gameday box alongside Woosha. I can only judge it from the outside of course, but I didn’t see a whole lot of flexibility in matchday moves or selection risks when looking at the season as a whole. Eg- I didn’t like the midfield setups at all at times, that’s partly a personnel issue (a bit one paced as a group) but also a philosophical outlook re going with negating roles and if so, when.
Viewed entirely from without and with little to no inside knowledge, Woosha stays and i’m more than content with that. I think he’s the man to change the mental frailty that we keep tripping ourselves up on for a decade or more because that’s a management and psychological matter. But i’d like to see things changed up around him. New kids should get a better look at opportunities onfield, and I’d hope we see a different outlook in the coaching department too. If that means new minds looking at the problems, I’m all for it.
All of this could be totally off beam of course. Neeld might be a tactical genius, McKenna a midfield whisperer, etc etc and the problems are just a question of time to sort out. But I wouldn’t bet on it. Particularly Neeld, whose record can at least be viewed over a longer term.
Anyway, that’ll be my sole input to this thread now. Because only those within can really know. I hope the Club make the right calls.