Woewodin open to coaching Sharks again
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.