Written by AFL Online on 1st Aug 2011
The Melbourne board has acted sharply and swiftly in response to the Demons 186-point loss to Geelong on Saturday afternoon and has sacked head coach Dean Bailey, effective immediately.
With 5 games left in the home and away season the Demons refused to let Bailey see out his contract and agreed to terminate his contract at a board meeting on Sunday evening. It’s believed Bailey was made aware of the decision at around 8pm on Sunday night, a decision he did not see coming.
Despite the decision being made early last night the Demons are yet to make an official statement confirming the termination of Bailey’s contract.
They have scheduled a press conference for 12pm Melbourne time today where details of his termination will become more clear.
It’s not yet known as to who will take over as coach in a caretaker position. Former Demon Todd Viney or current assistant Brian Royal are believed to be the front runners for the caretaker position.
Remarkably the Demons are still a chance to make the finals in 2011.
Other club officials will also come under scrutiny including club CEO Cameron Schwab and head of the football department Chris Connolly.