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Cats have no bearing on Williams future

By Daniel Brettig 24/06/2009 04:31:25 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams' AFL future does not hinge on his ability to coax a competitive effort from his team against Geelong on Sunday, according to Power veteran Warren Tredrea.

The fixture between the Cats and the Power is the last before Williams is contractually freed up to look for other jobs, effectively pressing Port Adelaide's board to make an early decision on his future.

His standing has wavered in recent weeks as Port have stumbled to 6-6 for the season, their last match an abject 93-point loss to the Western Bulldogs in Darwin.

A similar result at Geelong could not enhance Williams' chances of remaining at Alberton beyond his 11th season as senior coach, but Tredrea argued it would not be the deciding factor in any decision.

"No I don't think so, I think the process is well and truly in the working and it has been for a long period of time," Tredrea said on Wednesday.

"I know our board are working very hard on it.

"As a player you're probably a distance away from it.

"I can only talk about what Mark's done and he's been marvellous, for the amount of pressure and scrutiny and public opinion, what the players know is two different things, we wouldn't think there's any difference.

"He's training and coaching hard and doing more than he ever has.

"Even today he's rolled out a new plan for the rest of our season."

Williams and his coaching staff informed the players of conclusions from their mid-year review on Wednesday morning, prior to the squad's main training session at Adelaide Oval.

Tredrea said the plans called for a change in teaching emphasis and a re-worked training program for the remainder of the year.

"There was a little bit of stuff today, there'll be some tomorrow and even some more next week (from the review)," Tredrea said.

"The stuff today was just a different training program, a different focus on what we want to do, and certainly an aspect of our teaching will change within the club."

One thing that must occur for Port to make a finals push is a significant reduction in the number of goals kicked against them from turnovers, a problem area that exposes Port's players as either unwilling or unable to track back as they should.

"At times when you're not playing well, you're going to be scored against, but in saying that it's an area we're focusing on," said Tredrea.

"Watching training the last two hours you'd see we've played a lot of 18 on 18 in games, a lot of hard running both ways and we're working on that area.

"We're certainly not up with the best teams in that area and it's a deficiency for us and we're looking forward to doing that.

"If you butcher the ball, it doesn't give you much chance - you can't attack when you haven't got it.

"So you've got to learn to chase and tackle and put the pressure on, which at times we've been very, very good at."

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