Woe­wodin open to coach­ing Sharks again

The West Australian - - THE GAME - John Townsend

Brown­low medal­list Shane Woe­wodin re­mains in the frame to coach East Fre­man­tle next year de­spite miss­ing out to pre­ferred can­di­date Ge­off Valen­tine who quit a day af­ter be­ing ap­pointed.

De­scrib­ing the East Fre­man­tle coach­ing de­ba­cle as “sur­pris­ing” and say­ing the club had gone back­wards in re­cent years, Woe­wodin con­firmed he would con­sider an ap­proach.

But he had not heard from the Sharks since Valen­tine quit last Tues­day.

“I would be open to it,” Woe­wodin said. “I love the com­pet­i­tive­ness of what coach­ing brings out­side of play­ing and I love the game of footy. Be­ing in­volved at any ca­pac­ity would be fan­tas­tic.”

But Woe­wodin, who coached East Fre­man­tle for three sea­sons be­fore be­com­ing an AFL as­sis­tant, was wary of the club’s de­cline on and off the field and hinted he might con­sider other WAFL coach­ing va­can­cies. Su­bi­aco, West Perth, East Perth and the pro­posed West Coast re­serves team may all need coaches next sea­son.

“I was told the club wanted to go a dif­fer­ent way and with some­one who hadn’t been in­volved at the club be­fore,” Woe­wodin said on ABC ra­dio.

“I was fine with that. I want to help the club out. It is not in the spot where I left it. I had great sup­port around me and we achieved a fi­nal in 2010 and what the club achieved two or three years post that was ex­cep­tional. But it has gone back­wards since then. That irks me.”

East Fre­man­tle chief ex­ec­u­tive Todd Shim­mon said the club was likely to take sev­eral weeks to con­sider its op­tions.

It is un­der­stood that for­mer Mel­bourne coach and re­cent Essendon game per­for­mance man­ager Mark Neeld is be­ing con­sid­ered for the foot­ball man­ager’s job. His daugh­ter Alice Teague-Neeld has just been re­cruited by West Coast Fever.

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