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Watters sacking: Dermott Brereton launches scathing attack on Saints and Chris Pelchen

"I don't pick my friends lightly," Dermott Brereton says of Scott Watters.

"I don't pick my friends lightly," Dermott Brereton says of Scott Watters. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Former Hawthorn champion and media commentator Dermott Brereton has launched a scathing attack on St Kilda and in particular its list manager Chris Pelchen for the club’s “pathetic” decision to sack coach Scott Watters on Friday.

Brereton, a close friend of Watters, said struggling Melbourne was “miles ahead” of St Kilda and that 17 other clubs were closer to winning a premiership than the Saints.

He said St Kilda was the most poorly led club in the competition and that it was a case of “the blind leading the blind”. But he reserved his strongest criticism for Pelchen, whose relationship with Watters had deteriorated through last season to the point the pair were believed to be barely on speaking terms.

“We always over-dramatise things, but there’s someone with a lot of blood on their hands tonight,” Brereton said on radio station SEN.

Brereton said Pelchen was one of AFL football’s “myths”.

“What you’ve got is a bloke who, by all records, says he put together Port Adelaide's list. He says he came to Hawthorn and gave them ‘Buddy’ Franklin, yet it was [recruiter] Gary Buckenara who did. There's a lot of myths in footy, and we’re talking about one of them.

“The three strong football people who oppose him [Pelchen] – Greg Hutchison, Dean Laidley and now Scott Watters – are no longer there.”

Brereton launched a vigorous defence of Watters, claiming that, along with his former Hawthorn teammates Rodney Eade and Terry Wallace, Watters was the best football brain he had come across.

“I don’t pick my mates lightly, and I don’t pick dickheads as friends,” he said.

“Every coach that goes to a new club makes a few enemies,” he said. “The older blokes get pushed on. Everyone thinks the best coach they had coincides with the peak of their career.’’

50 comments so far

  • Well said Dermy!!

    Commenter
    Gazzatone
    Date and time
    November 01, 2013, 5:52PM
    • As a Saints member, the board needs to come clean on this decision and spell out exactly what happened. Just saying that it was a difficult decision is not enough. St Kilda have never been the smoothest of operators when it comes to leadership and administering it's coaching staff. Think of the treatment of Stan Alves and before him, Ken Sheldon. The president said in a letter to members "I believe it is time for the leadership and management of the Club to step up and deliver a better, stronger, more disciplined and purposeful Club". It is questionable that what they have done today is an example of this.

      Commenter
      RobS
      Location
      St Kilda East
      Date and time
      November 01, 2013, 6:13PM
      • Yes St.Kilda please explain and do a better job of explaining than you did for Blight, Watson, Alves, etc.?

        Commenter
        Melvis
        Location
        Pyrmont Sydney
        Date and time
        November 01, 2013, 7:33PM
    • perhaps if you had taken the job back when offered, oh great thug?

      Commenter
      peter
      Location
      coogee
      Date and time
      November 01, 2013, 6:13PM
      • What?

        Commenter
        Benny44
        Date and time
        November 01, 2013, 8:45PM
    • If Paul Roos is still looking for a successor, Watters could be a great fit.

      Commenter
      dave
      Date and time
      November 01, 2013, 6:27PM
      • If Brereton is right and Watters' termination is a result of him butting heads with Pelchen, then the board have a lot to answer for. Unless Pelchen turns out to be a Stephen Wells and is capable of finding hidden gems in the draft he should go.

        Commenter
        Kev
        Date and time
        November 01, 2013, 6:45PM
        • Never has a man had so little to say with so many words as over angry Dermott.

          This article should have said "Dermott is angry his fried was sacked". And that would have been fair enough.

          Commenter
          GBK
          Location
          here
          Date and time
          November 01, 2013, 6:46PM
          • "I don’t pick dickheads as friends" - Dermott Brereton

            Yeh, that might be because there can be only 1 in every crowd...

            Commenter
            YeahNah
            Date and time
            November 01, 2013, 7:01PM
            • Ha, beat me to it with a 'takes one to know one'

              Commenter
              Jazzy
              Location
              Melbmania
              Date and time
              November 01, 2013, 7:27PM

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