Demons stand by Goodwin

25 October 2020 20:57:42 GMTPlus11

Melbourne officials have thrown their support behind head coach Simon Goodwin and say he is the man to lead the Demons in 2021.

The Demons are planning a number of changes during the off-season and they will be implemented once a review has been completed, but it will not involve Goodwin losing his job.

Chairman Glen Bartlett has been speaking to the Deeluded podcast and says that Goodwin is the man to lead the club as they push for the top eight next season.

Demons chief executive Gary Pert is currently conducting the review and changes to the coaching set-up could happen, but Bartlett has given support to his head coach.

"I’m not going to speculate (on Goodwin’s future beyond 2021)," Bartlett said on Deeluded. "Simon is contracted to coach us. He‘s the coach. I haven’t got the report yet, but I anticipate (other) changes coming out of the review.

"We‘re very mindful and environment as well where there are cuts, significant cuts, mental health issues, a lot of pressure.

"What we‘re going to do is we’re reviewing it to really make the changes and there may be feedback for Simon out of this process but make the necessary changes our best chance of success.

"I believe it is actually getting around Simon and supporting him and getting the right people and making sure we are driving standards in a ruthless way across the club."

Meanwhile, Bartlett also took the opportunity to pour cold water on reports linking Clayton Oliver with a trade away.

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