Jack Riewoldt (left) and Brett Deledio of the Tigers celebrate during the 2015 AFL round 15 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia on July 10, 2015. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Richmond stars could walk after season from hell

Richmond endured a horror season in 2016, finishing 13th on the ladder with just eight wins, despite three consecutive finals appearances from 2013 to 2015.

The season included several thumping defeats, including an embarrassing 113-point loss to Sydney at the SCG in Round 23.

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It has culminated in a potential leadership takeover, with the ‘Focus On Footy’ group announcing their intentions to challenge the current Richmond Football Club board.

The frictions are not limited to board level however, with star players at the club falling out over the side’s game plan.

Zero Hanger understands that Jack Reiwoldt and Brett Deledioย are prepared to leave Punt Road in this year’s trade period after becoming frustrated with the style of play.

It is understood Riewoldt and captain Trent Cotchin are at odds over the game plan, with the skipper backing under siege coach Damien Hardwick.

However, the board is understoodย to be likely to back Riewoldt and Deledio, to ensure two of the backbones of the side remain at the club, which begs the question, will Hardwick remain in the top job next season?

Dr Martin Hiscock, who is leading Focus On Footy’s push for the Richmond boardย takeover, alsoย said there is unrest among the playing group at Tigerland.

“We’ve heard there is real disunity… amongst some of the players and assistant coaches,” Hiscock said.

However, Hiscock was adamant that Hardwick would see out his contract if they are successful in their leadership challenge.

But he did also suggested the current game plan must change to become competitive with the best teams in the competition.

“The gameplan needs to change,” he said. “The buck stops at the top.”

The group’s first plan is to recruit Neil Balme as, what the group is calling, a CEO of football, to oversee the onfield renaissance.


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  1. Michael Gostimir Paul Lawless-Muzzicato Dillon Pillay Jack Daniel Riddle Nathan May Dylan Guillou Ayrton Santos Simon Bressan

    Would probably have Riewoldt at Collingwood

  2. Michael Gostimir Paul Lawless-Muzzicato Dillon Pillay Jack Daniel Riddle Nathan May Dylan Guillou Ayrton Santos Simon Bressan

    Would probably have Riewoldt at Collingwood

    • Absolutely! 3 years ago we were an attacking daring team regularly scoring over 100 points and having the ability to knock off the best teams. Hardwick knew this but also realised we conceded a few too many goals a game. He fixed it late 14 and 2015 where we conceded the 4th least points in the comp but this year in an attempt to be even more defensive, we’ve ended up even worse, with only Essendon Brisbane and Gold Coast conceding more points than us. Something has to change that’s for sure…

    • Trent Grant, please!
      The only reason Richmond gets mentioned all the time is because they have such a big following!
      Ben Pahor wrote the article! Never heard of him. Damian Barrett and Caroline Wilson must be worried about their jobs!
      Zero Hanger! And you reckon I come up with some shit! Ha ha

  3. It staggers me why Prestia would want to come to this rabble. Obviously success isn’t important to him and/or other clubs didn’t rate him as highly as he rates himself….

  4. Think it would be worth trading it’s big stars to get decent draft picks n trades first rounders for the future throwing out the list n starting from scratching start fresh a complete list rebuild but u first have to have the right management coach board in place first otherwise ya going around in circles n setting yaself back even further. I think it would be worth chasing bomber or roos or begging mark williams to return or going after fagan from hawthorn they need blokes like Balme a cook a costa in at management they need experienced knowledgable cool calm heads n for there supporters n members to get behind them n once they have a coach a playing list Ceo president board in place they must unite for the club as one it’s going to take something of a miracle to make it happen but it can happen look at western Bulldogs sydney gws Adelaide geelong hawthorn they need a blue print like those clubs it could take 5-10 years but once everything falls into place they could win flags n be competitive but the current coach Ceo president board n playing list I think needs a complete clean out start again fresh

  5. Game plans only work if everyone buys in on it. The stars (Cotchin, Martin, Reiwoldt) all shone but like any team you need all 22 contributing. At best they probably had 15.

  6. Richmond FC have become an embarrassment…those same supporters that used to laugh at Collingwood about a 32 year flag drought before 1990 – guess what guys its now been 36 years since your last premiership and your team is a shambles – wouldnt blame those two for leaving…you can have Witts and Cloke for jack..Treloar was right, watch the Pies soar next year with a full list while the pathetic limp Tigers drop even further.

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