After a second consecutive year without finals, the Adelaide Crows announced on Monday they will externally review their football program and operations, and AFL legend Malcolm Blight is not impressed.
An inflamed Blight took to Sportsday SA radio this morning and showed his support for an internal and ongoing review, whilst lambasting the decision for an external review.
“But to actually do this, to have an external review on what a lot of people are getting paid internally to actually make those decisions, I think this is the weakest I’ve seen the Adelaide Football Club,” Blight said.
“An external review, on a football club, on the players, no, because they are all on holidays.
“So how are they going to judge the coaching fraternity, from (senior coach) Don Pyke down?
“How are they going to judge what they do with the players, which is the business of the football club when the players aren’t there?”
Blight took aim at the ‘lack of leadership’ shown by the Crows after finishing 11th on the ladder for 2019.
“I’m telling you now, it is one of the worst decisions I have ever seen, and I don’t care who says what, because how can you judge a coach when the players aren’t there to see what they do?.’’
The review could reveal issues within the coaching department – therefore threatening the positions of coach Don Pyke and football manager Brett Burton.
Blight’s disappointment also comes from the Crows only finishing up high on the ladder twice within 10 years.
“This is the last 10 years of Adelaide — 11th, 14th, third, 11th, 10th, sixth, sixth, first, 12th and 11th.
“Two years of spike in 10 is mediocre, it’s terrible. This is a mediocre football club and until someone actually grabs it by the throat and changes it, it’s going to continue.”
After a winning season in 2017, Adelaide went down to Richmond by 48 points in the grand final. They then completed the controversial pre-season camp at the beginning of 2018 and lost livewire forward Charlie Cameron to Brisbane, which then saw the Crows jump down to 12th on the ladder.
Blight coached Adelaide to consecutive flags in 1997 and 1998.