The Hawthorn Hawks are eyeing off former star participant Sam Mitchell to exchange Alastair Clarkson as one of many membership’s greats shared a dire prediction for his or her future premiership hopes.
But, if he does take the reins at his former membership, he’ll have an enormous gap to dig them out of that would take years of onerous work, in accordance with his former teammate, Jordan Lewis.
Mitchell was hailed as a “essential” and “spectacular” younger coach by membership president Jeff Kennett in The Age this week, and Kennett additionally shared his hopes of the 2012 Brownlow Medallist changing into the Hawks’ senior coach.
In response to 9 AFL reporter Sam McClure, Kennett’s glowing endorsement of the 38-year-old additional solidifies speak that Mitchell has been chosen to take the lead at Hawthorn within the not too distant future – and possibly as quickly as subsequent season.
“I’m sure that Sam Mitchell goes to teach Hawthorn, except he will get poached by one other membership – it is simply [a matter of] when,” McClure mentioned on 9’s Footy Categorized.
“I believe there is a large likelihood he may very well be coach subsequent 12 months.
“I am not saying there’s an settlement on an absolute timeframe. There’s an settlement that if Alastair Clarkson does go, it is Sam Mitchell.
“He is contracted until the tip of subsequent 12 months, Clarko, and from Jeff’s feedback there, there may very well be a scenario once they sit down on the finish of the 12 months and if Clarko decides that he is had sufficient or the membership has determined they’ve had sufficient, or it is mutual, [Mitchell is next in line].”
Whereas Clarkson is contracted till the tip of subsequent season, the stress has mounted on the four-time premiership-winning coach after Hawthorn missed out on finals footy in back-to-back seasons, and proceed to languish in second-last on the ladder this 12 months.
Lewis performed underneath Clarkson for these flags, however he had a brutal evaluation of the membership’s decision-making which has led them to their present predicament, after selecting to go all-in on the commerce route in an effort to exchange retiring membership legends.
With the workforce nonetheless battling with the fallout, he believes will probably be a very long time earlier than Hawthorn return to being premiership contenders.
“They got here to a fork within the street on the finish of 2016 – will we try to get gamers in to offer us one other shot at it?” Lewis requested on AFL 360.
“However I believe generally while you step exterior an atmosphere, you get a greater perspective on what’s taking place. As a result of inside a soccer membership, you suppose you might be aggressive all the time.
“You look again on the 2001 Draft – quite a bit will get spoken about 2004 due to Roughead and Franklin, key place gamers, however you look again at ’01,” Lewis added.
“The inspiration was there in [Sam] Mitchell, [Luke] Hodge and [Rick] Ladson, however that was 2001. Between then and that sustained run of success was 12 years. So this is not going to be a fast repair.
“As a Hawthorn supporter, and as somebody who watched them on the weekend, it’ll be a very long time earlier than they return to that form of profitable, lengthy interval.”
Not everyone seems to be satisfied that Mitchell will take the reins as quickly as subsequent season although.
Ex-AFL coach Ross Lyon believes Clarkson should be proven the door in an effort to depart Hawthorn.
“Clarko earlier within the 12 months got here out and mentioned, ‘Take a look at my historical past, I am not going anyplace’. That is what he mentioned. He mentioned, ‘Take a look at my historical past and you will not ask me this query’. I believe if the membership places it to him that they need a change, it is totally different, however he’ll be seeing his contract out,” Lyon mentioned on Footy Categorized.
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