Robert Shaw has launched a scathing attack on Fremantle over last week’s brutal sacking of coach Mark Harvey.

A former football operations manager at Fremantle, Shaw was not surprised Harvey was deposed in such dramatic fashion because of “the way one or two individuals operate”.

The former Fitzroy and Adelaide coach left the Dockers to return home to Melbourne at the end of 2008.

“He (Harvey) has been a victim of what I can only see as basically an ends justifies the means where morality counts for nothing,” Shaw told Melb-ourne radio station SEN.

“Morality, honesty, integrity counts for nothing the way he’s been treated and his family. The ends will justify the means and that is whatever it takes to get a Fremantle premiership.

“He went to functions, was at planning meetings. He was disappointed the way the season had gone … but he was very optimistic and was representing that club with their blazer on at the same time they are making phone calls.”

Shaw said by talking to Ross Lyon, who he coached at Fitzroy from 1991 to ’94, meant the Dockers “didn’t have faith in Mark being the one to take them to a premiership”.

Shaw has known Harvey since he was 18 and believed the 206-game Bomber had developed well as a coach.

“To think a young man, a young coach with a young family was going about his duties, going about representing the club and sitting at the same table, sharing eggs and bacon with Steve Harris, the president … is incomprehensible,” he said.

“There’s no doubt they’re capable of those kinds of dealings behind the scenes. There is an understandable desperation to win a premiership, but at what cost … a person’s livelihood, the integrity of the decision-makers?”
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