‘St Kilda’s history has been riddled by poor decision making’ – Former Saints coach WHACKS the club
Former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas has not held back on the club he coached for 123 games, saying St Kilda are “decades” away from winning a flag.
When asked about the recent headlines surrounding the Saints on Macquarie Sports Radio, Thomas replied: “My initial reaction is: pathetically predictable”.
“St Kilda is littered with poor decisions. We invent ways to stuff things up and shoot ourselves in the foot. It’s just a fact of life, it’s undeniable and in a lot of ways it’s a tragedy. We get very very close to success and we… look it in the eye and run away from it.”
Talking about where the problems start, he pointed to the board.
“There’s been some very good coaching appointments. There’s been some very poor coaching appointments, but that happens. They don’t all work, but that doesn’t mean it should end up as an unmitigated disaster.
“It gets amplified when you have senior people around that poor coaching decision that aren’t competent enough. At the moment you’ve got Peter Summers and you’ve got Matt Finnis. They’re lovely people and they want the best thing for St Kilda but I’m not so sure.
“You get sucked along in their slipstream. I’m not sure they’re at the cutting edge of what’s required to be successful. They seem to me to be quite pedestrian.”
Thomas was quizzed on Caroline Wilson’s comments that Simon Lethlean may be employing all his Old Xaverians buddies to the club, Thomas, whose children all went to the Melbourne Private school, didn’t have an issue with it.
“The Old Xavs are a quality institution. There are some great people down there, Andrew Dillion, I coached him, he is a great fella. Simon Lethlean obviously has a big connection down there and I have no issues at the moment with him wanting to bring Old Xavs people in, as long as they are the right people.”
Grant Thomas: “The Old Xavs are a quality institution. Andrew Dillion is a quality person. Simon Lethlean has a big connection down there. I have no issues with it at the moment.”
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When asked if he would go back to the club to offer support Thomas was unequivocal in his response.
“No. I had my time. I won’t be going back in any capacity.”
He finished his tirade by saying that St Kilda are “decades away from winning a flag. It is as simple as that.”
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