Mon­aghan in his own words

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Bill Mon­aghan re­leased this state­ment through the club yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

I would like to thank the West Perth Foot­ball Club for the op­por­tu­nity to coach the foot­ball club over the last 10 years.

Over that jour­ney there have been many highs and lows and thank­fully many more highs than lows, cul­mi­nat­ing in the 2013 premier­ship.

Other achieve­ments that I am proud to be a part of were reach­ing the 2015 and 2018 grand fi­nals, the op­por­tu­nity to coach the only WAFL side to play at the MCG, the 2014 Foxtel Cup grand fi­nal, mul­ti­ple fi­nal ap­pear­ances and many re­mark­able per­for­mances in­clud­ing a record 100-point vic­tory against the old en­emy, scor­ing five goals in five min­utes to snatch a vic­tory against Swan Dis­tricts and the re­cent turn­around from the qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal, to name a few.

More im­por­tantly it is the friend­ships and re­la­tion­ships es­tab­lished with play­ers, coaches, vol­un­teers, spon­sors, mem­bers, fam­i­lies and sup­port­ers who go into mak­ing the fab­ric of foot­ball clubs that I will re­mem­ber and cher­ish the most.

There were times when my pas­sion may have been mis­in­ter­preted or mis­placed but I have no re­grets, as I only ever wanted what was best for the play­ers. In re­turn those play­ers paid me back in spades in what they gave me, my fel­low coaches, each other and most im­por­tantly the jumper each and ev­ery week.

Peo­ple come and go and great clubs will out­last all of us, and I hope that his­tory will look favourably on my time as coach of the West Perth Foot­ball Club.

With the league team con­test­ing this year’s grand fi­nal, the re­serves play­ing fi­nals foot­ball and a united and pro­fes­sional play­ing group with strong lead­er­ship, there is plenty of hope for fu­ture suc­cess.

I wish all play­ers, coaches and the new board the very best for that fu­ture.

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