Buy This Issue
The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 May 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 MAY 2015 29 SPORT Thomson rules out Carlton Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson says he’s done with senior AFL coaching Mark Thompson has ruled himself out as a candidate to coach Carlton next season and has questioned the state of the embattled AFL club. Thompson said he is done with senior coaching and would only be interested in an unlikely comeback if he was confident about how the club was operating. "For me to do it - and I've experienced something pretty good - it would have to be a pretty special club," he told Fox Footy. "It's a big challenge and unless they were a really special group of people ... I'm not sure, from the outside, that they've really got their club together at the moment. "That's the problem I think with some people, is they just walk into clubs because there's an opportunity. "That has to stop in the future (and) people have to be a bit more selective on who fits with who." Thompson has joined felCarlton have their first match without Malthouse at the helm. PHOTO: AAP/JULIAN SMITH. Mark Thompson coached Essendon during the supplements saga. PHOTO: AAP/MARK DADSWELL. low premiership coach John Worsfold in saying he does not want the job. Thompson coached Geelong to the 2007 and 2009 premierships. He was also interim coach at Essendon last year as James Hird served his AFL suspension. Asked if he was interested in making a comeback, Thompson said: "No, I wouldn't ... I'm done. "I really enjoyed it and the bug's there. "It's almost like you've been given a gene to coach. "But in saying that, gee, it's a harsh world." Thompson also called on senior Blues officials to be honest with the players, saying that otherwise they will continue to struggle on the field. "What do they need? They need to know what's going on in their club - absolutely, the truth," he said. "People, when they receive the truth and start to believe the truth, then they'll go out and say 'well, yeah, I trust what they say. "If they don't trust, they won't play. "You'll find out whether they do or not, I reckon, with their performances." Rance speculation annoys Hardwick Frustrated Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has slammed persistent media speculation over Alex Rance's future and called on the AFL to act. The Tigers coach responded to questions on Rance's future on Thursday morning after fresh reports the Brisbane Lions were preparing a big-money offer for the AllAustralian defender, who is a free agent at season's end. His scheduled weekly press conference turned fiery when asked repeatedly about how speculation over Rance's contract status had affected the club, with the coach abruptly leaving the room when the line of questioning continued. Earlier, Hardwick called for the introduction of a rule similar to one adopted by Alex Rance, Patrick Dangerfield (or) Rory Sloane," Hardwick said. Alex Rance has been linked to the Brisbane Lions. PHOTO: AAP/BEN MACMAHON. the NFL in the United States, where clubs can be fined for talking about recruiting players from other clubs. "Other clubs shouldn't be talking about Eddie Betts, "It's inappropriate as far as I'm concerned and it's something the AFL needs to act on, because it creates an industry where it creates an easy media article to write. "From our point of view there's a trade period and a free agency period at the end of the year and that's where all this should be taken care of. "It's just ridiculous, we're talking about contracted players, and we shouldn't be able to make comment about wanting players to come to our footy club. "It's tampering." Hardwick would not be drawn on what impact the Rance situation was having at Punt Road. John Barker hoists up the Blues Carlton interim coach John Barker says he’ll be keeping things simple as the team recovers from Mick Malthouse’s exit John Barker's first major task as interim Carlton coach will be extracting maximum effort from the battered Blues, a quality which has been notably lacking in their sorry start to the season. Three days after recordbreaking coach Mick Malthouse was sacked following a very public falling-out with the Carlton board and executive, the bottom-placed Blues took on Sydney at the SCG on Friday night. To make a daunting task even tougher, they did so without two of their few top-line midfielders in Chris Judd and Bryce Gibbs, who ware both unavailable due to injury. For Barker - who is set to be among the candidates to replace Malthouse on a permanent basis from 2016 onwards - the message to the Riewoldt returns Coach Alan Richardson has complete trust in Nick Riewoldt’s playing technique Back in training after a round 7 injury left him sidelined, St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt says he's ready to play. Coach Alan Richardson says Riewoldt has impressed in training and is set to re- turn on Sunday against the Brisbane Lions. He says he has complete trust in the way Riewoldt plays and won't be changing up his coaching techniques. "I'm never going to try and curb the way he plays. That's been ingrained for a long time now," Richardson told afl.com.au "He's an aggressive player and he plays hard." Last week St Kilda suf- fered another blow, falling 53 points behind West Coast Eagles on 131. St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt. PHOTO: AAP/JULIAN SMITH. players was simple. "We know that there have been some issues with our effort and we know it's one of the core components of footy," Barker said before the match. "It's really just to drive some spirit and some energy back into the place ... we don't think things are going to turn around overnight. "We're realistic about that and we know that the top effort we're talking about, we need to work at it, and that will take time." Forty-year-old Barker joined the Carlton coaching staff in 2011. Before that he played 168 senior matches for Hawthorn, Fitzroy and Brisbane.
23 May 2015
6 June 2015