Mark Harvey had no idea of imminent sacking as Dockers coach
Former St Kilda player and media commentator Michael Roberts believes Mark Harvey was completely unaware that he was being axed as Fremantle coach.
Roberts told Nine Network’s The Footy Show that Harvey had been at a list management meeting at the club when he was informed of his sacking and told to leave immediately.
Three hours earlier, they had been at a breakfast function and Roberts said there Harvey could not have been more positive about coaching.
“He was really anxious and really disappointed, and then you know Mark, once he gets on a roll, he becomes pretty angry, so he’s gone to ground,” Roberts said.
“He just wants to be left alone and for everyone to respect his privacy and his family because this is like a tsunami that smashed him in the back of the head.
“He had no idea this was coming.”
High-profile St Kilda supporter Shane Warne is shedding no tears over coach Ross Lyon’s defection to Fremantle.
Australia’s leading wicket-taker in Test cricket has been attacking Lyon on Twitter this year, encouraging the Saints mentor to shed his defensive game plan.
Lyon had guided the Saints to grand final appearances in 2009 and 2010 and an elimination final loss last week, but Warne says he simply can’t cop St Kilda’s brand of football.
“The only person at this stage in my family who is disappointed (at Lyon’s decision to leave St Kilda) would be my son because he barracks for Fremantle,” Warne said.
“As a St Kilda supporter, I know a few of the players down there as well … you look at the way they play their football,” added Warne, who is a former reserve-grade player with the Saints.
“It should be a very attacking game of football we should play. We get a bit too defensive.
“What’s wrong with attacking and actually winning by 18 goals versus 16 instead of seven plays five?
“I just don’t like that brand of football.
“By being more attacking, they could maybe take the next step.
“It’s maybe just lacking something, and maybe that’s aggression that could take them over that final hurdle (to win a flag for the first time since 1966).”
Warne said under Lyon’s game plan, “If your big guns don’t fire, you’re probably going to lose”.