Demons

Simon Goodwin to coach Demons, despite late call from Crows

Simon Goodwin has joined the Demons.

Emma Quayle A phone call from his good friend Mark Ricciuto on Wednesday night could not sway Simon Goodwin from his commitment to take over as Melbourne coach in 2017, after two years fleshing out his...

Adelaide, now a not so great club

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Caroline Wilson Clumsy handling of Brenton Sanderson's departure went from bad to worse as the Crows' moved to minimise the damage when it became clear they had sacked their coach but had no ready replacement as...

Sydney Swans give Nick Malceski green light

Ready to go: Nick Malceski.

Andrew Wu Sydney will head into Friday night's preliminary final with a full-strength team after Nick Malceski won his battle to be fit after a hamstring injury.

Brenton Sanderson not blaming Adelaide Crows players for sacking

Steve Larkin Brenton Sanderson is puzzled as to why he was sacked as Adelaide coach but refuses to blame senior players for knifing him in the back.

Simon Goodwin steps up talks with Demons

Essendon assistant coach Simon Goodwin.

Jon Pierik Melbourne's bid to find a successor for Paul Roos has progressed, with the Demons given official permission to interview Essendon assistant Simon Goodwin.

Lyon questions whether Lumumba is a good fit for Demons

Heritier Lumumba began the season strongly but his form slipped along with that of the team as the season unfolded.

Jon Pierik Melbourne great Garry Lyon has questioned whether disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba would be the right fit for the rebuilding Demons.

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Roos and Demons still coming to terms with sins of the past

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Caroline Wilson If the Melbourne Football Club’s attempt five years ago to lose games for early draft choices did not already sit high on the long list of the game’s most haunting cautionary tales, then...

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Garry Lyon says Demons must stop blaming tanking past

Melbourne after losing to Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium.

Matt Murnane Former Melbourne champion Garry Lyon says it is time for his old club to stop making excuses for the players by blaming the mental scarring of the so-called “tanking era”.

Jonathon Patton injured as Greater Western Sydney Giants crush Melbourne Demons

 Will Hoskin-Elliott of the Giants marks the ball against James Frawley of the Demons.

Peter Hanlon Greater Western Sydney lost its co-captains before half-time and its star big man Jonathon Patton to an apparent second serious knee injury of his short career, but scored a famous first-ever victory...

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Melbourne Demons still have a long way to go

Bernie Vince of the Demons is taken to ground by Callan Ward of the Giants at the MCG on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson The most galling thing of Melbourne's limp 10-goal defeat by Greater Western Sydney on Sunday was they were actually trying to win. That has not always been able to be said.

Tom McDonald says Demons 'deserved' boos after AFL loss to Giants

Callan Ward of the Giants competes for the ball against Tom McDonald.

A desolate Tom McDonald was at a loss to explain Melbourne's miserable loss to GWS and fears his AFL side may undo the gains made earlier this season.

Melbourne coach Paul Roos says Demons open to trading draft pick two and priority pick

Melbourne was beaten by an undermanned GWS team by 64 points in round 21.

Liam Mannix Melbourne coach Paul Roos has put the club's first round draft pick – and any potential priority pick – squarely on the trading table.

Light week for tired Demons as Roos hopes for a solid final effort

'We don't have a margin for error': Paul Roos.

Brad Elborough It will be a light week on the track for Melbourne players as Paul Roos tries to get his side up for one more solid effort to end their season.

Extra year to provide stability for Demons, says Paul Roos

Three-year stint: Paul Roos.

Alana Schetzer Providing stability to a club accustomed to uncertainty was the main reason for Melbourne coach Paul Roos signing on for an extra year.

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Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch expecting heat from Melbourne Demons

Justin Leppitsch is expecting a tough game against the Demons.

Given the freedom of the Gabba last weekend, Brisbane midfield pair Tom Rockliff and Pearce Hanley should prepare for plenty of attention on Sunday against Melbourne.

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Lions leave it late to beat dour Demons

The Lions celebrate their win post-match.

Peter Hanlon We should never forget it's an easy game from the safe side of the fence. But my, some days it's hard to be charitable.

AFL

Roos treating final rounds as dress rehearsal for Demons' pre-season

Paul Roos

In recent years, when AFL sides ruthlessly dominated Melbourne it often resembled a training drill and a chance to regain form.

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Demons fall into familiar pattern of 'here we go again', says Roos

Demon Jack Grimes arrives a fraction too late to tackle Geelong's Steven Motlop.

Rohan Connolly Geelong has made short work of Melbourne at the MCG but missed a golden opportunity to close the big percentage gap on its rivals for a top-four berth.

Melbourne forward Chris Dawes wants Scott Burns to be the next coach of the Demons

Alana Schetzer Melbourne forward Chris Dawes has anointed Collingwood assistant coach Scott Burns as the person he would like to take over as coach when Paul Roos’ contract expires next season.

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Demons intrigue: Will Paul Roos stay?

Undecided: Paul Roos with his players.

Jon Pierik The intrigue over Melbourne's immediate coaching future continues, with Paul Roos yet to decide whether to remain for a third year, while questioning whether a two-year apprenticeship would be long...