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Tigers reveal plan to pick new AFL coach

By Sam Lienert 26/06/2009 05:36:28 PM Comments (0)

Richmond will put applicants for its 2010 coaching position through a three-stage process the AFL club believes will be the most thorough in their history.

The Tigers will begin interviewing candidates in mid-July and expect to talk to a wide range of both experienced and inexperienced prospective coaches.

A final decision is expected in mid-September.

"It will be a very methodical process and one of the reasons for this is that we think there are a lot of excellent coaching candidates out there, and we need to get to know them as well as we can," Tigers football manager Craig Cameron said on the club's website.

The first stage will centre on the applicants' leadership skills, personal qualities and coaching vision.

A reduced group will progress to a more thorough second stage, which will concentrate on "football situation analysis" as well as psychological profiling.

The coaching sub-committee will then hand a shortlist of candidates to Richmond's board, along with their recommendation, for the board to make the final decision.

The sub-committee for the initial stage will be comprised of Cameron, Richmond chief executive Steven Wright, football director Tony Free plus learning and development manager Jeff Bond, along with Ben Crowe, founding partner of consultancy firm Gemba, and former basketball coach Lindsay Gaze.

For the second stage, Crowe and Gaze will drop out, replaced by former Richmond players Emmett Dunne and Greg Stafford, with Tigers president Gary March to also join the process at that stage.

Cameron said the club was open-minded on whether an experienced or inexperienced coach would be most suitable.

"We're going to pick the coach who we believe is the best fit for the Richmond Football Club, and the best fit for where our playing list is at," Cameron said.

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