He is going to find it much tougher this time around.
- He isn't walking into a club stacked with talent that has Hodge, Mitchel, Roughead Lewis and Franklin already on the list.
- There are no players he has been working with at other clubs he can convince to come to Hawks because of his relationships (Dew, Burgoyne) or Gibson with buddy.
- Fat chance getting the other clubs to hand over talent like Croad for pick 1, saints have started the trend the other way. Any memes of Ameet Bains bending Clarko over at the trade table?
- There drafting just isn't that great, even when they had high picks in the early Clarko era they have had plenty of flops.
I get that Clarko is a great coach, but his greatness has an asterix next to is because of the priority picks rule change timing coupled with the introduction of new teams a few years later. Those two alone handicapped the rest of the competition.
Clarko is now running with a team that has very little young talent, aging superstars who are squeezing their last pay checks, a middle tier that has dined out on freedom previous stars gave them and no significant draft picks for this year.
He turns this team to a prelim within 3 years he is the greatest coach ever, he wont last 5 if he doesn't.
If I was Clarko I would take Jeffs advice and quit at the end of the year.Spend 12 months assessing which coaching opportunity had the best talent list to swoop in on and off he goes again.