Am I alone in detecting emotional fractures in Mike Kelly's bonhomie persona, especially in the closing stages of the Melbourne game?
Here is the contrast:
Nate (as representing others) is reported to like coming to work each day knowing the boss will be unfathomably cheery, regardless. Positives, positives. Followed as may be necessary by a little suggestion that he and the rest of the outfit could possibly improve.
But Fearne demanded a standard of paid professionals and had no compunctions whinging when they failed to deliver. It sorta worked, as the record shows.
In the United environment Mike never had to play 'bad cop'. In Cairns he has to be both 'good/bad'. He's struggling with that, and he'll get no bail-outs from his assistant, nor of course the 'volunteer' 2nd assistant.
He knows how to do it (witness his containment of Walker's opinionated self- indulgence), but it ain't sitting well with him I suggest. He cannot be anything but aware that his career and the team's chances are at tipping point.
Good luck to him, but expect either a melt-down (unlikely) or a very much more hard- headed Kelly.
Devon Hall's ascent/descent should be watched in this context.