I thought this thread was about Sandy's new coach, not about North Melbourne or North Ballarat or the state of the VFL comp or recommendations for Billy's recreational pursuits.
[quote=Wally from Williamstown]I thought this thread was about Sandy's new coach, not about North Melbourne or North Ballarat or the state of the VFL comp or recommendations for Billy's recreational pursuits.[/quote]
Wally, The only good thing to come out of this off topic thread was Clarry's idea of a christmas drink.
Bring it on !!!
We might be from the bush. but we ain't green
Back on topic!!
I was recently in Perth; the West Australian newspaper had an article that mentioned Simon MPpee had been appointed St Kilda's development coach and coach of VFL affiliate Sandringham
think this is the place to put this
Good article with some insights into the man and his people skills-
Good Luck Simon and Sandy
Sandy mines rich vein of success out west
Simon McPhee says he had all the attributes to be a top-line footballer.He was missing only one thing.
"Ability," he chuckled last week, sitting in the grandstand and looking over a lush Trevor Barker Oval at Sandringham.
McPhee played in the WA amateurs and in the WAFL reserves and says he was never anything better than a battler.
But the 42-year-old has made quite a mark on the coaching scene.
A premiership with Claremont last year prompted the St Kilda hierarchy to bring him to Melbourne as senior coach of Sandy, combined with a development role at the Saints.
It's true the Zebras had little say in his appointment and a few members took it as another sign of a St Kilda "takeover".
But Sandy has taken to McPhee. He has a nice way with people, evident last Wednesday when he burst into the club office, apologising for being a few minutes late for a press interview and eyes darting like swallows as he adjusted his glasses. Zebras officials greeted him warmly, and he them.
A short time later he engaged in easy banter with Marcus Marigliani, even as they discussed the prospect of the ace midfielder missing the start of the season due to an infected left knee.
Sandringham insiders remark on McPhee's energy and enthusiasm and his desire to make the Zebras-St Kilda alignment work. Under the Saints' previous regime it was mostly grim business, more a working relationship than a true partnership.
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