SUCCEED FOR SUCCESS
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.”