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Tigers coach denies he's under pressure

17/07/2007 07:57:23 PM Comments (0)

Richmond coach Terry Wallace says he is under no more pressure than most of his AFL rivals this season despite his side languishing in last place with only one win from 15 games.

Wallace is also confident with the Tigers' long-term progress at just over the halfway point of his five-year contract, even though they have slipped well behind their results of the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

The Tigers have won one game and drawn one this season and have a difficult passage to go, playing an aspiring finalist every week for the final seven weeks, starting with Port Adelaide on Sunday.

Wallace coached the Tigers to 12th spot in 2005 and ninth last year with an 11-11 split.

"Any coach that is in a losing environment feels the pressure," he said.

"You come and live in any of our shoes for a while and read the letters, have a look at the emails you get, we're all not oblivious to talkback radio and everything else that goes on in the sporting life.

"That's the nature of the business that you're in.

"It's a wonderful job when you're successful and it's a pretty tough job when you're not successful. I knew that.

"From that aspect of it I am not feeling any more than anyone else would be in the same circumstances.

"It's disappointing where we're at, but we're still working along the lines that we believe we're in better shape."

Wallace, who is contracted until 2009, maintained his comfort with Richmond's rebuilding process, as rebuilding from the draft took time.

"My situation was to get this shop in order," he said.

"I knew there was going to be some bullets fired in doing so and I think that's why the club needed someone who'd been in that firing line before and understood what it takes.

"That's fine. We'll go through that and we'll come out the other side of it without any problems whatsoever.

"That's our lot at this stage."

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