St Kilda Coach Alan Richardson Departs Club
St Kilda have become the third AFL club to join the chase for a new coach this season after Alan Richardson's 127-game tenure came to an end.
The decision to part ways was made late on Monday after discussions involving the 54-year-old Richardson, Saints CEO Matt Finnis and board members.
The players were informed on Tuesday morning, three days after the Saints lost by 27 points to Geelong, ending any mathematical chance they had of qualifying for the finals.
Former Carlton head coach and Saints assistant Brett Ratten has been appointed caretaker coach for the remainder of the 2019 campaign.
Richardson replaced Scott Watters before the 2014 season but was unable to lift the Saints back into the finals during his time at the helm.
The club started the 2019 season brightly with four wins from their opening five matches before tailing off.
“Alan’s selflessness and focus on what is right for the playing group and club has always been immense, but it’s perhaps been best demonstrated in the past two days through his decision to step aside and allow the club the time and space to find the next coach of the St Kilda Football Club," club president Andrew Bassat said in a statement.
“There is no escaping the significant setbacks we have faced this year in regards to player availability, and these, as you would expect, have been taken into account in our decision.
“Ultimately, after six years under Alan’s leadership, the team performance and the position in which we find ourselves isn’t where it needs to be."
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