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Sydney Swans v GWS Giants, Mark McVeigh, coach, job, Alastair Clarkson, vacant position, brutally honest, checked out, embarrassing loss, criticism, Nick Riewoldt

Mark McVeigh’s brutally honest assessment of what his players “watched” in their 73-point Sydney derby defeat could cost him the Giants’ top coaching job, Fox Footy’s Nick Rialt has warned.

McVay didn’t stop the criticism after the game, calling the performance “disgraceful” and “very disappointing” and saying only eight players “went to the wall” for four quarters.

Speaking about McVeigh’s dramatic statement, Riewoldt said he feared the comments could cost him the interim gig as full-time coach in 2023.

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“I think he’s put a line through it (his coaching ambitions at GWS),” he said on Ground Best on.

“If that’s the deal you’re making as a manager, if you think some of your players have checked out and you’re responsible for starting players every week, I think it’s very difficult to say that to the club. The man is moving forward.”

McVeigh is in the running for a full-time job next season, along with four-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson, Melbourne’s Adam Yase and Richmond’s Adam Kingsley.

Commentator and former Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley admires McVain’s honesty.

“It’s the first time I’ve heard those comments,” he said.

“It’s as real as you can get.

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“That comment… I like to see that because that’s completely honest. If it’s his opinion and you have to take that at face value, that’s a tough challenge.

The Giants were crushed in every stat that mattered, throwing -117 downs, -33 inside 50s and -24 against – including going just 6 of 50 for the matchup.

Rialdt said the score was not a direct reflection of McVeigh’s coaching ability, but raised questions about his relationship with his players.

“But that doesn’t mean he can’t train. But the ability to take this team to the top … How can the Giants have the confidence to make that appointment if they think the players have tested under the coach?” Riewoldt said.

“I think it’s going to put them in a very difficult position to go ahead and appoint him.”

Buckley said he now wants to see how the Giants players reacted to the clash with Essendon.

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“The next two weeks are going to tell you about Mark McVeigh’s integrity as a coach and his relationship with those players because do they respond to that? Because there’s always something to play for,” he said.

“The response speaks louder than the opinion.”

Earlier this month, McVay confirmed that he was in the running to be the Giants’ coach for 2023 and beyond.

(The club’s hierarchy) have been very clear and wonderful with me, they’ve been wonderful and supportive.

“There are other coaches who are talking to them, which is absolutely right (to do) and I am one of those who are trying to win the role.

“I definitely know where it sits and I’m very clear on the way forward.”

GWS will face Essendon, Western Bulldogs and Fremantle in the final three rounds.

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