John Worsfold turns down Lions coaching job: report

Goodbye? John Worsfold has kept a low profile since leaving the Eagles coaching job. Photo: Sebastian CostanzoFormer West Coast Eagles coach John Worsfold has reportedly turned his back on the possibility of coaching the Brisbane Lions.

afl杭州夜生活 is reporting that the Lions have confirmed that the 12-year Eagles mentor has told them he would not be seeking the job, made vacant when Brisbane sacked its coach of five years, Michael Voss, three rounds before the end of the season.

Worsfold resigned from his Eagles job last Thursday, but has not made a public appearance since, creating doubt about his future intentions. It is believed he is a seeking a complete break from the game for the next year, after a 24-year involvement as coach and player with the Eagles.

Brisbane lost out in its attempt to convince former Swans coach Paul Roos to take up their coaching vacancy. He subsequently accepted a role with Melbourne.

In a statement released last Thursday, Worsfold did not sound like a man ready to take on a new coaching challenge.

“I have come to that decision around the fact I shouldn’t do the job if I don’t have the energy to give it absolutely everything; that wouldn’t be the right thing for the club and basically that’s where it got to,” Worsfold wrote.

“My time is done as coach of this footy club. I couldn’t have had a better time, I couldn’t have asked for any more. I certainly couldn’t have given any more,” he wrote.

A swathe of young players picked inside the top-30 have indicated they want to leave the club, and general manager of football operations Dean Warren said today that “It’d make it easier (to negotiate with players) if we did have a new coach, no doubt about that.”

Warren is part of a panel making the coaching decision that wants the next Lions coach named before the free agency period commences.

Former Adelaide coach Neil Craig and highly-regarded Hawthorn assistant coach Adam Simpson have been interviewed by Brisbane, afl杭州夜生活 reports.

Age columnist Robert Walls last week called for supporters to petition for the return of Voss, calling the decision to sack him “inept”..

“The bottom line is, Voss has coached well over the past two seasons and was just finding his feet as a senior coach. Along with the Scott twins, he is the youngest of the senior AFL coaches. Unless there was someone extremely special prepared to coach the Lions, and it appears there is not, Voss should’ve been given a new two-year deal to build on the solid base he has set up,” Walls wrote.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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