Adelaide has announced the club will start a review into their football operations, as Don Pyke’s position as head coach remains under threat.
The Crows missed the finals for the second straight season, and the club will now take a deep dive into their off-field issues.
The Adelaide Football Club has commenced a review of its football operations, which takes on added significance this year given a decline in on-field performance.
The review will be conducted by a panel of external experts in their chosen field who have knowledge and experience across the various elements of football and high performance programs.
The scope of the analysis will include all elements that impact on-field performance, including but not limited to coaching, leadership, development, environment, high performance and list management.
Crows Chairman Rob Chapman said the Club’s internal review had already commenced and added consecutive seasons of missing finals demanded a more thorough examination of football structures, systems and personnel.
“Recent results have fallen short of our own expectations and those of our passionate and loyal members and supporters, who like us are very frustrated and disappointed,” Chapman said.
“We must identify any deficiencies, challenge ourselves and focus on improvement with a view to delivering consistent performances and sustained success in a fiercely competitive league.
“Having a number of experts with specific skillsets and expertise, as well as intimate knowledge of the modern game and high performance environments, will ensure there is meaningful feedback that can support positive change.”
Renowned high performance expert Tim Gabbett, who has more than two decades of international experience working with athletes across a range of sports, and one of the country’s premier leadership and performance experts Jonah Oliver, who is also the lead sports psychologist for the Australian Institute of Sport, will be among those involved in the review.
Some further football specific appointments will be added to what will be a four-member panel in coming days and it is anticipated the review will take several weeks to complete.