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Aker's demise his own fault: Johnson

23/07/2010 03:04:50 PM Comments (0)

Western Bulldogs skipper Brad Johnson says Jason Akermanis was responsible for his own demise after failing to heed repeated warnings from teammates.

Sacked on Wednesday, the outspoken triple premiership star and Brownlow medallist accused Johnson of being the catalyst for his termination by rallying teammates against him.

The club says a series of breaches over the past 18 months had led to the playing group no longer trusting Akermanis.

Johnson said Akermanis was repeatedly warned his teammates were unhappy with his antics.

"We've got our trademarks that we live by on a day-to-day basis and we will not go outside of that as a team," Johnson told radio station Mix 101.1 on Friday.

"If someone does we will sit them down and we will give them a chance and in Jason's case get the trust back within the football playing group.

"That was put to him."

He said he wasn't personally behind the players' position on the 33-year-old, who was also sacked by his former club the Lions in 2006 in sensational circumstances.

"It was decided we get a few more players in just to get their thoughts on whether or not he had regained the trust within the playing group," said Johnson.

"There was 100 per cent consensus that that hadn't been achieved and therefore it's my role as captain to inform Rocket (coach Rodney Eade)."

Akermanis said the Dogs had no proof of their accusations he had leaked club information and that Johnson had used the midfielder's upcoming biography as ammunition to turn players against him, allegedly telling them he was going to write negatively about them.

"Unfortunately for his case, that trust wasn't regained so therefore the club makes a decision and we move on now," Johnson said.

"I didn't go behind his back at all."

The 356-match veteran said the drama wouldn't affect the Bulldogs' ambition to break their 56-year premiership drought in 2010.

"I'm not upset at all and I'm more than focused and more than comfortable with the club's decision," he said.

"He'll get on with his life and we'll get on with finishing the season the way we want to and that's achieving a top-four spot."

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