‘Time right’ to find new coach

Wanneroo Times - - Look Local - Justin Bian­chini

WEST Perth’s board says it is seek­ing a new coach­ing style af­ter part­ing ways with premier­ship coach Bill Mon­aghan.

Mon­aghan, who guided the Fal­cons to a grand fi­nal against all odds this year, holds the club record as the long­est-serv­ing coach (10 years) and took the side to seven fi­nals cam­paigns and the 2013 flag.

There had been spec­u­la­tion the new board, ap­pointed af­ter the Fal­cons came out of ad­min­is­tra­tion, could reap­point Mon­aghan for a new con­tract as one of its first acts.

But in a state­ment re­leased by chief ex­ec­u­tive Linda Hamer­s­ley and foot­ball op­er­a­tions man­ager Steve Trewhella this week­end, the club said the board had de­cided to “make a change” and ap­point a new coach who will “lead the pro­gram through the next three to five years”.

“The West Perth Foot­ball Club holds high re­gard for the con­tri­bu­tion Bill has made in the past decade,” the state­ment read.

“The club sin­cerely wishes Bill well in his fu­ture en­deav­ours.”

Pres­i­dent Neale Fong said the board “felt the time was right to make the change”.

“To bring a new style and ap­proach to the play­ing group and look to what op­por­tu­ni­ties there are to bet­ter con­nect with our wider foot­ball com­mu­nity in the West Perth district,” Fong said.

“Bill has pro­vided sta­bil­ity over many years and in par­tic­u­lar this cur­rent year and we greatly ap­pre­ci­ate the work he has un­der­taken on be­half of the club.”

The Times con­tacted Mon­aghan for a com­ment.

The state­ment said that Mon­aghan’s suc­ces­sor would be cho­sen af­ter an “ex­ten­sive re­cruit­ment process”.

“No com­ments will be made by the club un­til the ap­point­ment is made,” the state­ment read.

Pic­ture: Justin Bian­chini

Bill Mon­aghan ad­dresses his play­ers dur­ing the 2013 premier­ship sea­son.

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