Props to Adrian Dodoro


Didn’t see it posted elsewhere, but that Trade Whisperer account reckons that Jackets has met the management of Close/Schache*

*I know it’s most likely BS, but posting anyway.


100% rubbish.


McKenna and Walla were in those drafts so I think he’s done well even if the others don’t come on as expected.

I have high expectations on Langford and Begley so I think we are goiing to come out of this last four years looking very good.

Considering what the club has gone through we have no right to have as much talent as we do.


As a hypothetical as its most likely BS

I don’t see how we couldn’t be happy with Hookers output this year as a fwd but perhaps having a kpd who can take the big gorillas and intercept like a boss still an issue for us.

If Brisbane are so into McKenna and he ends up taking their offer then Schache coming back the other way would not be the worst result.


Any more news @S_K ?


If I was the club, I wouldn’t be releasing anything that wasn’t “We’re playing finals” related this week.

As frustrating as that probably is for @S_K


Is it time to part with Dodoro?

I’m not saying we should, or we shouldn’t, but… he has been here the longest. He is the common thread between the late-Sheedy doldrums, the Knights doldrums, the saga doldrums and now the Worsfold doldrums.

As the names and coaches have changed over this 15 year period, the list seems to be full of the same types of players year in and year out. Our first round picks seem to turn into very good, serviceable players, but they never seem to progress beyond that. They always seem to be slightly taller guys of average speed who aren’t necessarily good at any one thing but are versatile… we seem to want guys who can play off a flank or function as a third tall KPP in a pinch, at the expense of other things. And just a fondness for KPPs in the first place… our best players of the last several years have been mostly talls and father/son picks.

I don’t think Dodoro has been terrible but I do wonder if maybe our draft philosophy is getting stale.


It would be great if he got a few CLEAR years to do his ■■■■■■■ job. He should be congratulated not ■■■■■■■ condemned. Blame is on the coaches. Take a good look at the coaches box and tell me how much success is there? It’s time Essendon hierarchy start getting tough. The game is changing rapidly and they need modern coaches.


19 years not enough? His best draft in that time was in the middle of the Saga so its moronic to blame the saga for anything but him finally finding a genuine mid, even if it was luck.

Yes the club hierarchy need to get tough or at least competent - Dodoro needs to go. NO other club keep their list manager this long especially with zero success to rest on.


Hardly been any better at the trade table either


He needs to go. Sure he’s done some good things, but good isn’t going to win you flags. We should be one of the most attractive clubs in the country to go to. Big crowds, great facilities, big games etc. but for some reason or another we aren’t attracting any big names. And the buck so tops with Dodoro.


And please don’t reply blaming the saga. He’s was at the club Long before Thant happened.


Time to recruit some more decent left footers. We have Daniher, Merrett, Heppell, Myers, Hocking and Mutch.

I only regard Merrett and Daniher as having a damaging left foot. Myers has a great left foot but gets about 2 touches a match. Heppell is a decent player but his left foot isn’t damaging at all.

Hawthorns premiership team were so skillful (unlike ours) thanks to almost half the team being left foot - plus Sam Mitchell who was both.

Our AFL premiership and grand final teams (since 1990) had the following players.

2000 / 2001 - Ramanaskaus, McVeigh, Long, Lloyd, Lucas, Moorecroft

1993 - O’Donnell, Long, Thompson, Denham, Olarenshaw (Kickett & Cransberg)

1990 - Madden, Long, O’Donnell, Thompson, Cransberg, Anderson, Kickett


There comes a time to change the main recruiter, generally happens a fair bit for most clubs. When was the last time we did that?


You could argue that since shifting Dodoro to a list manager role and having Keane in a more senior recruiting role has brought about better results.


To some degree yes.


I’m not totally opposed to replacing Dodoro. I’d need a better argument than we haven’t won a final to convince me.


He had to leave for Collingwood for us to make a change. At least he left us with the 2000 side to get us through a few years before Dodoro’s influence. This club aint exactly proactive when it comes to getting the best people in any capacity.


You can’t trade if no-one wants to a basket case club


The one that burns us is Ryder IMO. Can’t help but think the midfield would be much better with him giving the kids we have silver service as he’s done to Port this season. Had a look at Port last year as opposed to this year. The improvement that’s come from their midfield is largely attributed to his dominance. Last year Port were floundering with Lobbe in ruck then when he got hurt, Trengove. They actually starting setting up to lose the taps when Trengove was “rucking”. It makes such a difference to be able to set up aggressively from the centre, gives your forwards much cleaner opportunities & takes the stress off the defence. We got shafted by Ryder & that’s the one that really hurts us to this day IMO.