Senior Men’s Coach Bradley Gotch will not be reappointed

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Post by Oldfella Mon Aug 22, 2022 7:08 pm

The West Adelaide Football Club has announced that Senior Men’s Coach Bradley Gotch will not be reappointed for the 2023 Season. Brad comes out of contract in October 2022, and an extension has not been offered.

Brad, an experienced and successful coach at both AFL and SANFL level, has been instrumental in resetting the direction of the Mens’ teams. He has overseen the ongoing development of skills and players at West Adelaide over the last two years. Brad’s reputation and talent for nurturing players on and off the field has resulted in a stronger, more competitive and united squad, across both the League and Reserves teams.

“The Board would like to thank Brad for his professionalism and dedication to the West Adelaide Football Club, its players and its members. We wish Brad and his family all the very best at this time”.

As Brad transitions out of the role, we will commence the search for his replacement. Members and supporters will be communicated to when a new Coach is appointed.

https://westadelaidefc.com.au/news/coach-announcement/

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Post by From The Back Stalls Mon Aug 22, 2022 7:20 pm

Well that’s a relief
Just give Adam Hartlett the job now.
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Post by Lee Harradine Mon Aug 22, 2022 7:31 pm

That will mean 3 coaches in 4 years.

3 CEOs also.

Brad was chosen over another candidate at the time who should have been a walk up start. Wasted opportunity.
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Post by blood bath Mon Aug 22, 2022 7:49 pm

Lee Harradine wrote:That will mean 3 coaches in 4 years.

3 CEOs also.

Brad was chosen over another candidate at the time who should have been a walk up start.  Wasted opportunity.

Lee - can I ask who the candidate is you are referring to? Are their initials S.T.?
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Post by Lee Harradine Mon Aug 22, 2022 7:57 pm

Not ST, bb.

Just history now.
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Post by postie Mon Aug 22, 2022 8:44 pm

I think Lee was referring to a coach with initials A C.
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Post by bruce cameron Mon Aug 22, 2022 10:35 pm

The hunt is now on. And of course, we are in great shape as we start to prepare for next year. Yep, the glass is half full. We won 3 out of our last 5 games, but still collected our 4th consecutive wooden spoon. We needed to have won eight more games to be able to qualify to play finals footy. Still a long, long way to go, however, there is a spark.

Recruiting needs to be very strategic. We need quality rather than quantity. We don't need another 5-6 slow midfielders. We need a couple of marking forwards, a ruckman, and a few players with genuine pace. I hope this process is already well advanced. Hopefully, recruiters have a fair idea about who is retiring and who is likely to be recruited.

As for KPIs, what about some meaningful/realistic ones. I don't really see how our finishing position in the Stanley H Lewis Cup is an accurate reflection of progress. Clubs could win the S.H.L. Cup on a regular basis, but never see their senior team play finals football. When the new coach is appointed, he needs to be aware of exactly what the club's expectations are. If the contract is for two years then the club should be pushing for a final five finish in the second year. I certainly don't want to be reading how there have been marginal improvements in some of the stats. The only stat that matters is the win/loss columns. The come-from-behind wins against South and Norwood were exhilarating. This is what brings supporters to games, not sales spin.

2023 will mark the 40th anniversary of our 1983 GF triumph over Sturt. Certainly, we don't want to be finishing bottom.

Go you Mighty, Fighting Bloods.
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Post by Lachlan Tue Aug 23, 2022 11:13 am

No surprise Gotch wasn’t offered another contract.
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Post by Bottle Top Tue Aug 23, 2022 12:45 pm

Lachlan wrote:No surprise Gotch wasn’t offered another contract.

There was no way the club could justify reappointing him, the worst coaching term in 130 years of the club.

I am happy for Hartlett to be coach IF after the club has done its due diligence and Adam is found to be the best candidate available.
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Post by Claret Pedigree Thu Aug 25, 2022 7:02 pm

Hooray.
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