AFL 360 co-hosts Gerard Wyllie and Mark Robinson await Greater Western Sydney interim coach Mark McVeigh’s impassioned post-match press conference.
McVeigh drew criticism from some in the AFL world for the performance of several players during the 73-point Sydney derby loss, which he branded “disgraceful” and accused players of “watching”.
The interim coach interviewed for the position on Tuesday, but Whaley was confused by the people who raised McVeigh’s comments after the game.
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“I’m very surprised by the reaction of a team in a big game, condemning the pathetic performance,” he said.
“If you’re going to be a coach, if you’re going to live the role of a coach, you have to set these standards and be ready to speak these home truths.
“As I understand it, all of this was said before it was made public and the real feedback was player-to-player. They dug into each other. Then there was a public vote for that.
Robinson opined that McVay’s credibility could help him in his bid to become the team’s permanent head coach. I got this.’
McVay, 41, has been an assistant coach with the Giants since 2015.
His longevity at the club, Menyle said, means his comments are within reason.
“He has a long relationship with these players, I don’t think any of them are broken,” he said.
What do you know if he’s gone? It’s the end of the season, I’m an interim coach, let’s leave it at that, I was going, ‘Dude, you can’t be a coach.’