I thought Knights could coach. He was given no support in terms of staff, recruiting and facilities. And our list was full of washed up stars and list cloggers. He even had to put up with a petulant captain who undermined his authority.
When Hird came in they opened the cheque book and gave him all the support he could hope for. I wonder how Knights would have gone given the same opportunities. Also, perhaps because of the conditioning staff we had, Knights typically had half a list to choose from.
Knights is harshly judged, in my opinion, because he wasn’t an Essendon man. He had a game plan that was innovative (can we say the same about Hird and Woosha?), we regularly beat teams who had better players, and he made finals with a mediocre list.
Putting all that aside, to say we are better off post-Knights is kinda ridiculous for obvious reasons that don’t need to be mentioned.