This week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall discuss the Pies’ search for a new coach. As the first club to make a change this season, they have an advantage. How important is it to run a process and not get seduced by the idea of chasing a big name? Would Ross Lyon be a good fit, and would he participate?
Plus, after the Pies upset Melbourne in Nathan Buckley’s last game in charge, we shout out three players in particular for having their best games of the season, and ask: does Collingwood’s win raise questions about the Demons’ premiership favouritism?
Elsewhere, West Coast and Richmond played out a thriller on Sunday night, and the Eagles’ win on was crucial in terms of how the eight shapes up. West Coast were impressive and proved they can still make a run at the premiership. And though Richmond can’t be ruled out as flag contenders, it looks as though they’ll be making their run from outside the top four.
Last week, Seb Ross and Tim Membrey left the Saints, who were in Cairns, to return home for family reasons, leaving some at St Kilda unhappy. We discuss how professional football is changing and the pull of personal life versus the responsibilities and commitments that come with being a professional athlete.
Plus, should the Saints be chasing Ben King? Do they need two key forwards, and can they afford that when they lack class around the ball in their midfield? Their priority has to be to go through the draft, as Essendon did to good effect.
And though the result was a draw with North Melbourne, the Giants were the big losers of the two out of Sunday’s clash. But similarly disappointing was the small crowd that showed up to watch the game. Will there be bigger crowds when Chris Fagan takes the Lions to his home state to face North, and Hawthorn and Essendon face off next weekend?
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