Senior coach Adam Simpson could be one of several casualties, with the West Coast Eagles set to embark on a mass exodus, according to veteran Caroline Wilson of The Age.
The Eagles have won just one game so far this season, and Wilson said Saturday’s 71-point loss to Carlton may have put Simpson in jeopardy of losing his job this year.
Speaking at Nine’s Footy ClassifiedWilson expected longtime Eagles CEO Trevor Nisbett to be the “first casualty” but suggested Simpson might not be far behind.
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“The story all year has been it’s going to be the coach or the CEO, there’s got to be a great hair, now I’m not sure Adam Simpson will survive,” she said.
“I thought he could do it because of his big contract and the fact that they would have to pay him for two years. Although they are a very rich club, they don’t seem willing to go beyond their minimum limit in any radical way.”
“The Carlton result almost made some members of the board believe that this has to change.”
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Wilson believes a number of veteran players, “various” assistant coaches and fitness staff could show the door in a massive offseason overhaul.
The great Kane Cornes of Port Adelaide endorsed Wilson’s report, predicting a “coming exodus”.
“When you compare who they’re playing against, they’re not young either. This isn’t the Giants in their first year,” he said. ranked football.
“I think an exodus is coming. From the way he has behaved, he has been a bad ambassador for this club.
“That’s why I think they need a circuit breaker (because) he’s starting to treat journalists quite disrespectfully.”
The Eagles, ranked last in Simpson, have their best chance to secure a win in months on Sunday when they host the 17th ranked Kangaroos at home.
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