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David Toohey
Last year

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Passionate coach - Smyth

Was at a sports function in Melbourne this week where Smyth was a guest speaker along with other AFL coaches.
Smyth's passion and love for the game was infectious. In question/answer time I found him to be the most innovative of the speakers.
Our table agreed that Smyth is a legend and if he was to go back to coaching he would be a huge success.
I want him at the Melbourne Tigers, get rid of Anstey - he cant coach and bring in someone who is proven and innovative.

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Anonymous
Last year
15:00 5 Jan 13

Reply #396241

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

And anyone who saw phils last three years here would disagree with you 100% !


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Anonymous
Last year
15:13 5 Jan 13

Reply #396243

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

the last three years the club was broke -the fact they just missed out on the finals was a miracle!


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Anonymous
Last year
15:17 5 Jan 13

Reply #396244

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

2nd to bottom in Smyth's last season. It was clear he needed to move on those last few seasons.


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Manute Bol's Father
Last year
15:26 5 Jan 13

Reply #396246

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

The last three seasons his hands were tied and the board wanted him gone so I wouldn't judge him on that. Sometimes people get funny when they believe a coach has overstayed their welcome and they want change for changes sake.


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Isaac
Last year
15:56 5 Jan 13

Reply #396254

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

Passionate is not how I would describe Phil's coaching in those last few years in Adelaide. Reckon Gordie uses a lower budget as an excuse in Wollongong?

He can talk though.

Makes me think though - wonder if Breheny would coach again?


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Marcus Camby
Last year
16:08 5 Jan 13

Reply #396255

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

Breheny's finest coaching moment was giving Keough a Liverpool Kiss.


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Marcus Camby
Last year
16:08 5 Jan 13

Reply #396256

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

@ManuteBolsFather....

"Sometimes people get funny when they believe a coach has overstayed their welcome and they want change for changes sake."

Yes I know what you mean.


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Anonymous
Last year
16:11 5 Jan 13

Reply #396257

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

Agree with that. Geordie is a seriously good coach. Is he coming out of contract? Would throw the kitchen sink if he was available?

Wouldnt be unhappy with smyth. Wouldnt be unhappy with anyone really- gleeson, joyce, wright, maher etc. Just gotta make the change now.

Kind of feel sorry for Clarke. Wouldn't be they way he invisioned his pro career to pan out, sadly.


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Anonymous
Last year
16:24 5 Jan 13

Reply #396261

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

So one minute it's get to of Clarke for Smyth.

Now we have excuses for Smyth cos the club was broke.

Out of curiosity how do we think they are travelling financially now.


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Guns
Last year
16:39 5 Jan 13

Reply #396267

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

They had a great team at the start of the season. They picked up a few GC Blaze players.

It all went to crap when Clarke sacked Massingale. Have not won a game since that.

Marty if you want to know the problem look in a mirror


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paul
Last year
17:01 5 Jan 13

Reply #396274

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

Phil had to go but it might be a good time to bring him back. A lot more talent on the roster than in Phil's last few years.


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Going back
Last year
17:18 5 Jan 13

Reply #396277

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

Isaac, what was Breaney like as Coach @ Lightning?
- Very poor.....

What was he like as coach of Eastern men?
- Very poor......

Not a good option IMO

I think perhaps he was very good as assistant to Phil during the championship days but offers little motivation as head coach


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pure silk
Last year
17:28 5 Jan 13

Reply #396280

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

Had the pleasure of speaking to Phil on a few occassions and each time i wanted to play bball straight away. Very smart man who knows his stuff. Clearly hamstrung by management in latter years which affected all but give me a choice of whom I want to take over Clarke easily Phil is the man. Knows the club , media , fans and would put bums on seats and create enthusiasm . Cant remember the last time i saw a standing ovation during a game for our team since his days


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Isaac
Last year
17:44 5 Jan 13

Reply #396286

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

Clarke has spent the full cap. Only had peanuts for the imports because half the rest of the roster isn't cheap.

Breheny's finest coaching was being the brains behind three championships.

If the game has passed SJ by, I wouldn't be rushing to Phil. I think coaching and the NBL have changed since then. Which coach of the successful teams "lets the players play"? They're all pretty strategically focused now.


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Guns
Last year
18:24 5 Jan 13

Reply #396298

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

Joey Wright seemed to but think he has a lack of discipline with players as well.


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Anonymous
Last year
18:26 5 Jan 13

Reply #396299

re: Passionate coach - Smyth

Maybe a Maher/Breheny experiment for rest of year?

Is it likely that in the case of a Marty sacking/resignation, that radford would follow?


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