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Swans say no to Roos, Dew stays

Happier times: Sydney coach Paul Roos and chairman Richard Colless.

Happier times: Sydney coach Paul Roos and chairman Richard Colless. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

Sydney has blocked Paul Roos' bid to anoint his former Swans assistant Stuart Dew as his coach-in-waiting at Melbourne, refusing to release Dew from his contract.

Roos' latest attempt to plunder his old club has seen the intervention of Swans chief executive Andrew Ireland, who communicated the club's determination to hold on to to Dew to Melbourne counterpart Peter Jackson.

The unusual nature of Melbourne's coaching structure will have a senior assistant appointed under Roos and contractually guaranteed the senior coaching position as early as 2016 and 2017 at the latest.

Roos and Jackson argued that Dew should remain subject to the AFL coaching environment's ''gentlemen's agreement'', which allows assistant coaches to be released from their contracts for a senior role. Leon Cameron was released from Hawthorn to Greater Western Sydney at the end of last season even though he would not become senior coach until 2014.

The Swans begged to differ where Dew was concerned, leaving Hawthorn assistant Adam Simpson, departing Swans assistant Leigh Tudor and West Coast assistant Scott Burns firmly in the frame to work under Roos before almost certainly replacing him.

Senior coach John Longmire is believed to have made his position clear to Dew that the 34-year-old was required at Sydney. The Swans had already considered extending Dew's contract beyond next season, although Dew was reportedly tempted by Roos' approach.

Roos has already been taken to task by chairman Richard Colless for targeting Sydney personnel. Colless told Sydney's Daily Telegraph on Saturday: ''Paul's actions massively devalue his standing at the club … I'm unbelievably disappointed in his actions … I consider taking players from the academy he has helped build is an absolute breach of protocol and a gentlemen's agreement.''

Colless was reportedly referring to the Sydney academy's promising teenager Lloyd Perris, whom Sydney plans to take with its final draft pick and retain on the club's rookie list.

The contentious nature of Roos' relationship with the academy - for which he was paid about $320,000 a year to head part-time - raised eyebrows at the weekend following the public criticism by his former chairman, but internally Sydney was equally disappointed at Roos' attempt to poach the contracted Dew.

The Swans reportedly have given the out-of-contract development coach George Stone their blessing to join Roos at the Demons given that he has been commuting to Sydney.

Roos' all-powerful standing at Melbourne was underlined on Tuesday when the club announced that Josh Mahoney would remain the Demons' football boss despite Jackson previously stating his priority would be to appoint a senior football operations boss overseeing the entire department. While Mahoney will head the football operation, Roos will oversee the coaches and report to CEO Jackson.

Dew's standing at Sydney, which he joined in Roos' last season as coach, has increased during his three-year apprenticeship. After the Swans won the flag in 2012, Longmire was invited to address the AFL Commission and did so with Dew alongside him.

Dew was a premiership player at Port Adelaide where he played for a decade and then at Hawthorn where he proved an unlikely hero in its 2008 grand final victory.

9 comments so far

  • Bold move by Swans to deny a senior assistant a guaranteed senior position. I would think Stuart Dew will return the favour.

    Commenter
    Deeman
    Location
    Mansfield
    Date and time
    September 25, 2013, 9:01AM
    • Roos is already losing respect. He is burning his bridges and that is always a bad move. The Swans are well within their rights. Dew has been offered an assistant positon at the MFC which is no better than the assistant position he has at the Swans. No deal and no sympathy should be afforded to the MFC (they already receive enough from the AFL).

      Commenter
      Andy
      Location
      Tigerland
      Date and time
      September 25, 2013, 1:45PM
    • There's a contractual agreement to take over the top job. same as Cameron at gws, he was also contacted

      Commenter
      Jimmy
      Date and time
      September 25, 2013, 3:33PM
    • How long can you make a contractul agreement? "In 3 years time, we promise to give you the possibility of being given the senior coaching position". On that basis, the Tigers should nick the best assistant going around on the agreement he will get the senior coaching position in, say, 7 years. Bollocks and just another way of trying to get around agreements and rules. Does the MFC have no shame?

      Commenter
      Andy
      Location
      Tigerland
      Date and time
      September 25, 2013, 6:14PM
  • Melbourne's situation is that it will guarantee the senior coaching role to one of the assistants in three years time. Dew was not guaranteed the role so has been denied nothing by the Swans keeping him. He is in the same boat at Sydney that he would be in Melbourne - an assistant coach with the possibility of moving to the senior role. Maybe Sydney have plans for him themselves when Longmire retires.

    I commented on another article that Roos could only tarnish his reputation by coaching Melbourne and it seems that he is doing a good job of doing that already, especially in Sydney.

    Commenter
    Stephen
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    September 25, 2013, 11:31AM
    • Why doesn't stuey jsut resign from the swans. Surely they don't own the man and can't stop him having an interview/conversation with Melbourne.

      Commenter
      umrum
      Location
      kal
      Date and time
      September 25, 2013, 11:35AM
      • It does seem a bit odd. This article seems to fail to identify one key issue - does Stuey Dew WANT to take the Melbourne job? If so, as umrum says, surely there is nothing stopping him from simply resigning from the Swans and taking up Melbourne's offer.

        (Perhaps I am naïve and don't understand how the coaching merry-go-round actually works).

        Commenter
        LucyTheNerd
        Location
        Newcastle
        Date and time
        September 25, 2013, 2:07PM
      • Exactly what I was thinking - if Dew wants to go then the Swans can't stop him from resigning surely.
        C'mon Caroline let's hear from you on this seemingly straight forward point.

        Commenter
        gazza
        Location
        bondi
        Date and time
        September 25, 2013, 7:56PM
    • What is Paul Roos to do? Swans were not going to extend his contract with the Sydney Swans Academy which left him free of any commitments to the Swans. It is the Swans who have cut-off Paul. As a coach of a team does't the coach have the obligation to provide that club with the best assistants and players available? Best of luck Paul.

      Commenter
      kris of kinross
      Date and time
      September 25, 2013, 12:15PM

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