SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 05: Paul Roos, coach of the Swans, looks on before the AFL First Elimination Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Carlton Blues at ANZ Stadium on September 5, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

With Rhyce Shaw and David Teague appointed senior coaches until the end of the season, we have compiled a list of five caretakers that went on to be appointed full-time senior coaches.

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Grant Thomas (St Kilda 2001)

Grant Thomas was elected interim coach after Malcolm Blight was controversially sacked midway through 2001.

Thomas transitioned his experience in the business world into his coaching by using a ‘man-management’ coaching style. He used words such as “processes” and “outcomes” before they became the norm in the football world.

St Kilda won one of Thomas’ seven games as interim coach but was appointed on a full-time basis for the 2002 season.

Thomas coached St Kilda to consecutive preliminary finals in 2004 and 2005, plus a Wizard Cup premiership in 2005.

He is only one of three coaches to coach the Saints to three straight finals series, the others being Allan Jeans and Ross Lyon.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 21: St Kilda coach Grant Thomas addresses his players during the round eight AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the St Kilda Saints at the Melbourne Cricket Ground May 21, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Sean Garnsworthy/Getty Images)
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