Alan Richardson’s Shocking Resignation

During a break at work on Tuesday, I found out the time with Alan Richardson ended through a message from my Bomber friend.


I thought he was sacked, but he resigned the coaching job. It was shocking.


Despite tough roads hitting the St Kilda Football Club, sticking with Richo would be the best option for the long term success.


Unfortunately his record of win at only 34 per cent was not enough to keep him at the club.


However is it all his fault? Not at all.


Injuries cost us a lot. Many of them this year are unexpected, especially Carlisle and Roberton.


Also Jack Steven is on leave due to his mental conditions. We lost three key players plus McCartin’s long term concussion issues.


He arrived at the club when we were turmoil. Ross Lyon had left a mess by not having played kids – unbalanced play list. Then Scott Watters couldn’t rebuild.


Players who had experienced to play Grand Finals have retired and it was hard to find replacement, especially after Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna had ended their careers, for on field performances and leaderships.


Rooey and Joey had great player around them – Stephen Milne, Lenny Hayes, Brendon Goddard, Nick Dal Santo and Justin Koschitzke. They all enjoy great friendships too.


Sadly I can’t see such situations now.


As Paul Roos says in his book Here it is, building good relationships is important to succeed, that I agree.


I want young Saints to follow what the premiership coach has built at the Swans.


Then communication between coaches and players need to be constructive. Roos has had at Sydney, I believe. Also I believe it happened between Luke Beveridge and Bob Murphy at the Western Bulldogs.


At this stage, Geary and Seb Ross need to build solid relationships with Brett Ratten to move forward.


Coaching job is hard to do and lot of supports are needed. Supporting and trusting each other are essential to build a success club.


Not only players but also club staff members and board members need to support Brett Ratten. As a fan, I am with him.


And recruiting staff need to analyse the play list and strengths of each player, in order to back up other players and maximise performances.


Coaching staff need to encourage players and compliment their strengths and positively on their performances so that players feel valued.


I really feel sorry for Richo that he couldn’t lead us to the second flag, and thank him for his six-year service at the club.


Wish him all the best and hope St Kilda are on the right track.


Go the mighty Saints!



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About Yoshihiro Imagawa

Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.


  1. Roger Lowrey says

    A very generous and thoughtful summary Yoshi..

  2. Thanks Roger. It’s sad to see Richo go, but Brett Ratten is doing terrific jobs for us. He should get a permanent senior coaching job soon.

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