Kangaroos coach Dean Laidley resigns

29/05/2018 Posted by admin

Dean Laidley at work. Picture: THE AGENORTH Melbourne coach Dean Laidley has announced he is stepping down, effective immediately, after leading the Kangaroos in 148 games since 2003.At a press conference at the club’s Arden Street base, North Melbourne president James Brayshaw made a brief statement praising Laidley as a “greatly admired North Melbourne person” who was leaving with “everyone’s gratitude for what he has achieved.”An unusually relaxed Laidley then questions about his resignation, speaking of the sadness of leaving, but also the excitement of getting to spend some time with his family, and future career prospects.”It became patently obvious it was time to move on, for Dean Laidley and his career”, Laidley said.Former North Melbourne veteran and current backline coach Darren Crocker will take over as interim coach, for the final ten matches of 2009.Discussions over Laidley’s future had been going on for months. Laidley said he had been considering leaving the club since his team’s loss to Sydney during last year’s finals series.”We’ve had a couple of gos at talking him out of it” Brayshaw said, but on this occasion he felt Laidley had made his mind up.Brayshaw praised the “unbelievable performance” of Laidley in getting North Melbourne to three out of four finals series “without a glamour list.””He has regularly won games from the coach’s box” Brayshaw said, saying that Laidley had the respect of the club and would be an asset to any club he might work for in the future.Laidley said he was keen to coach again “at any level”, saying he loved the football industry and felt he “had a helluva lot to offer” prospective employers.North Melbourne had scheduled a mid-season review of the coaching position at Laidley’s request, but the former North Melbourne and West Coast back pocket came to an agreement to walk away from the job straight away.James Brayshaw was against the clause in Laidley’s contract that insisted upon the mid-year review, worried about the pressure it brought to bear on the coach and those deciding his future, but he bowed to his coach’s request.Laidley, despite quitting before the process began, said it enabled his departure to be handled “professionally”, rather than the ugly and protracted negotiations he endured with his previous contract extension.Laidley spoke of the “stress” of leading impoverished North Melbourne, but said that “it’s been a great journey.””There was a lot of love, but not much money”, he said, but he felt that with the revenue streams coming into football he would be amongst the last coaches to face such difficulties.The ‘Junkyard Dog’ said that his plan had been to win a premiership by 2007, a year in which North made the preliminary final.”It’s always been tough at North Melbourne …what I think I have been able to do is hold the place together, and do well enough to have James and his group say we’re going to stay in Melbourne.”North, currently 12th on the ladder with four wins from 12 games, have been hard hit by injuries in 2009, with star onballer Brent Harvey heading a long list of senior players to miss significant chunks of the season.However, the club has unearthed talented youngsters Ben Warren, Ben Ross, Todd Goldstein, Nathan Grima, Gavin Urquhart and Jack Ziebell, ensuring the long-term on-field prognosis is far from hopeless.As recently as last week, it appeared that North Melbourne was happy with its coach, and would proceed as planned under Laidley.Following the departure of Richmond coach Terry Wallace two weeks ago, this latest change means more pressure will come upon the Western Bulldogs, Collingwood, West Coast and Port Adelaide to make decisions about their out-of-contract coaches Rodney Eade, Mick Malthouse, John Worsfold and Mark Williams.It is likely Laidley will now be in the running for senior positions at other clubs in 2010.Laidley won 72 games, lost 78 and drew two matches in his tenure. North Melbourne under his leadership made the finals in three of his six finished seasons, including a preliminary final exit in 2007.He was considered a master of getting the most from his players, and an expert matchday strategist.Battling a poor stadium deal, low crowds, sub-standard training facilities and financial problems, North Melbourne rejected a lucrative offer to relocate to the Gold Coast last year.Under new president James Brayshaw, an emotional vow to remain Melbourne-based galvanised their supporter base, with 29,619 members signing on last season, an increase of 24 per cent on the 2007 figure.Poor list management between 2003 and 2005 has hurt North Melbourne, with only Michael Firrito, Daniel Pratt and Josh Gibson cementing their positions as senior regulars.Hawthorn key position players Jonathan Hay and Nathan Thompson were pursued at the expense of high draft picks, and gave limited service.DEAN LAIDLEYDOB: 27-3-1967 (42 years old)PLAYED 52 games for West Coast from 1987-92PLAYED 99 games for North Melbourne from 1993-97, including the 1996 premiership sideASSISTANT coach of Collingwood from 2000-02COACHED North Melbourne in 149 games from 2003-09, for 72 wins, 75 losses and two drawsTook the Kangaroos to the finals in 2005 and 2007-08, with a highest finish of third in 2007Overall winning percentage of 48.32.CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO
Nanjing Night Net

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Comments are closed.