Sacked St Kilda coach's emotional press conference
St Kilda has sacked Alan Richardson as head coach after he failed to deliver the results the club was after.
Richardson admitted in his press conference that it became impossible to plan for the future when he knew there was uncertainty surrounding whether he would continue to coach in 2020.
“There are conversations with players from other footy clubs that we’re not allowed to talk about,” he said.
“You want them to join your club and there’s uncertainty around the coach. That doesn’t really work.”
An emotional Richardson paid tribute to his players that he said ‘were like family’ and he joked that the only regret he had was that the team couldn’t kick more goals.
“On behalf of everyone at the football club, from the board to the players, staff and supporters, I want to thank Alan for his commitment and contribution,” said club president Andrew Bassat.
“Alan brought great integrity, knowledge and experience to our football program, and under his leadership, the foundation for future success has been laid. “He inherited his role at a difficult point in the club’s history, developed the young players now beginning to make their mark, took the club to the cusp of two finals appearances, and in recent times, showed great resilience in the face of adversity.
“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.”
Brett Ratten will become the caretaker coach for St Kilda until the club fills the position.