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It was ap­pro­pri­ate that Paul Roos was the man anointed to teach, nur­ture and ul­ti­mately hand on the coach­ing reins to Si­mon Good­win (pic­tured below), for it was Roos who per­formed a sim­i­lar task at Syd­ney that al­lowed the Swans to move seam­lessly from one coach to an­other.

Hav­ing led the Swans into their finest era since mov­ing to Syd­ney in the early 1980s, which cul­mi­nated in the 2005 premier­ship and a one-point de­feat in the 2006 grand fi­nal, Roos passed the ba­ton to long-time lieu­tenant John Long­mire af­ter the 2010 sea­son. Hav­ing al­ready de­vel­oped a close re­la­tion­ship with the play­ers, and in­doc­tri­nated in the “Syd­ney way”, Long­mire’s time as coach has seen the club fin­ish no lower than sixth, win the 2012 premier­ship, and play in two los­ing Grand Fi­nals. There has been no finer en­dorse­ment of the mer­its of the coach­ing suc­ces­sion plan.

“What makes a good or­gan­i­sa­tion is hand­ing good habits down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion,” Roos said in 2016. “That’s what the Swans have been able to do re­ally well. When Syd­ney won the 2012 grand fi­nal I was rapt, be­cause we all want to have some­thing that’s sustainable, and it was ev­i­dent that John had main­tained that level when he took over from me.

“When we agreed that John would take over from me at Syd­ney, I was the se­nior coach and John knew that and the club knew that, but ev­ery­body else was try­ing to get their head around it ini­tially. I think peo­ple are more ac­cept­ing now, be­cause it worked at Syd­ney and Nathan Buck­ley has tried it with Mick Malt­house at Collingwood.

"With Si­mon, it [was] about try­ing to get him ready so that when he [took] over there [were] not as many sur­prises as there may be when you walk into a se­nior job straight out of be­ing an as­sis­tant coach.”

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