Harvey wants West Coast talks
EXCLUSIVE: Sacked Fremantle coach Mark Harvey has revealed plans to stay living in Western Australia and wants to hold talks with West Coast about being an assistant coach.
Harvey has ruled out ever again being a senior coach.
And despite being dumped by the Dockers in an unsavoury manner a month ago, Fremantle officials have asked their former coach to ease off any criticism of the club.
Harvey was highly critical of the way in which he was sacked at a speaking engagement in the Swan Valley just north-east of Perth on Thursday night and was contacted by Dockers management early on Friday morning.
The dual Essendon premiership player and former Dockers coach still revealed previously untold intimate detail of his unsavoury dismissal at a lunchtime speaking appointment in Geraldton on the WA mid-western coast on Friday.
West Coast coach John Worsfold is searching the nation for an assistant after his club was rocked by the Dockers poaching of his loyal deputy Peter Sumich.
Harvey has not previously confirmed he would be interested in moving to West Coast as an assistant to Worsfold.
“It depends on what role they’ve got. But in time I might speak to them,” Harvey said.
“I think John was in the east up until a week ago, so I haven’t spoken to anybody yet.
“But in time, we’ll see what happens.”
Sportsnewsfirst.com.au tracked the dumped Dockers coach to Geraldton for the latest fallout on his sacking.
Harvey was sacked and replaced by departing St Kilda coach Ross Lyon at Fremantle in one of the biggest AFL furores of the 2011 season.
Harvey said he was ambitious enough to go back into coaching, but ruled out ever taking a senior coaching role again.
“I always loved it. There wasn’t an ego about ‘being the senior coach’,” Harvey said.
“it was about coaching the players and building the team.
“I loved the challenge. Both on and off the field, that was always fascinating to me – the mentality of the team off the field, the pressure that was associated with the team off the field for the media – and the expectation.
“But senior coaching – when you go through something like what happened to me – if that’s the business, then probably it’s not for me. If that’s how people want to deal.
“I’m quite happy to go back into a football department and make sure that everything works, so the senior coach doesn’t go through something like that.
“But I’ve also got a good grip on how to develop younger players, so that’s why I probably will go back into it.
“But it’s just when. It mightn’t be in the short future.”
Harvey also revealed Fremantle players have told him they were only advised of is sacking through text messages from Dockers management.