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Support helps embattled Richmond coach

By Robert Grant 18/04/2009 12:10:48 PM Comments (0)

Embattled Richmond coach Terry Wallace says he has been bolstered by a raft of support from inside and outside the AFL club as the Tigers try to break their winless run on Sunday.

Speculation over Wallace's immediate future reached boiling point this week, culminating in a lurid "Death Row" newspaper headline, which has brought widespread condemnation.

But as Richmond prepares to meet Melbourne - also 0-3 this season - at the MCG on Sunday, Wallace says he has been gratified by the amount of backing he has received.

"We've been all the news over the course of the week so from that point of view there's been a lot of phone calls and support along the way," Wallace said.

"Inside the club it hasn't really been about any of my circumstances at all, it's been about us just getting ourselves organised.

"Externally I think the support of the footy industry's a wonderful thing and it's come from all quarters, whether that be opposition coaches and board directors.

"And quite a lot of people from media outlets as well.

"That support's great. No matter what happens along the way it's a pretty tight industry in that way.

"It's my turn this time but you'd hope that would be the case no matter what happens.

"I think it's showing from a coaching point of view that that's changed a little bit.

"(We're) at war once maybe twice a year against each other but then we are the only ones who know what each other go through.

"There are probably not that many people in life or society that get put under that much scrutiny."

Wallace says he has been able to minimise any effect the criticism has had on his family.

"I did say to somebody earlier in the week that perhaps if I had great grand children and they only looked at the clips they might have thought their great grand father was an axe murderer rather than anything else," he said.

"To be honest I've been in the game long enough where I don't really take it all that seriously.

"It can impact but provided the person who it's aimed at is in some form of control I think that makes their family a lot better as well."

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