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Why are women AFLW coaches continually overlooked in favour of men? (Australia)

Wayne Siekman?s dismissal from the top job at Collingwood last week was hardly surprising. Siekman?s record left plenty to be desired with Collingwood winning only seven games out of a possible 21 across three seasons. The Magpies finished the 2019 season with just the one win from seven outings. After news that Siekman?s contract would not be renewed surfaced, speculation about his replacement began. Bec Goddard?s name was thrown up, and rightly so. And yet on Wednesday, Danny Frawley emerged as a potential replacement for Siekman. The response to the news was, for the most part, shock. Realistically, we shouldn?t have been surprised.

Frawley played 240 games for St Kilda and coached Richmond from 2000 to 2004. Last year, he led the Old Haileybury women?s team to a premiership. There?s no disputing Frawley?s football experience. But there?s also no disputing the experience of someone like Goddard.

The inaugural AFLW premiership coach, Goddard led a team spread across two states to the flag in 2017 and was only one win away from defending the premiership in 2018. After Adelaide couldn?t, or wouldn?t, offer her a full-time role she was forced to leave the club. Back in Canberra, she took on the role of assistant coach with the University of Canberra Capitals who went on to win the Women?s National Basketball League title earlier this year. Goddard seems a good fit for the ailing Magpies, who appear desperate for a fresh start and it is understood she has the support of AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and AFLW boss Nicole Livingston who are keen to see her return to the competition.



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