MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 2: Alastair Clarkson, Senior Coach of the Hawks addresses his players during the 2018 AFL round 02 match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 2, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Former Western Bulldogs and Richmond coach Terry Wallace has named his top 10 AFL coaches of the past 50 years.

Wallace’s rankings were purely base off on-field performance, not for ambassadorial roles some coaches have had in growing the game.

Leading a club to its inaugural premiership was high on Wallace’s criteria, as well as winning flags at two different clubs.

“I ranked performances on field, not off field. The AFL rewards things like growing the game such as Anzac Day and Dreamtime games. They didn’t come into my assessment,” he told SEN.

“I was not overly worried about games coached as you can see that either way. More games as a positive for longevity or more games means a lower percentage of premierships per games coached.

“One of my biggest positives for coaching was those who won flags at two clubs as to me that shows that they can impact their environments and change culture no matter what is placed in front of them.

“The ability to coach a club to their first ever flag was also a telling point which I also rated highly.”

Here is Wallace’s top 10 coaches of the last 50 years:

1. Ron Barassi Jnr.
2. Leigh Matthews
3. Allan Jeans
4. David Parkin
5. Kevin Sheedy
6. Alastair Clarkson
7. Tom Hafey
8. John Kennedy Snr.
9. Mick Malthouse
10. Malcolm Blight