All-Time Cranky Coaches: AFL Edition


Damien Hardwick

You’d think that after being a three-time premiership coach, Richmond’s Damien Hardwick would be pretty happy with most things the football world has to offer, but Dimma was a cranky man last year.

Despite the Tigers’ thrilling 4-point win over GWS in Round nine, Hardwick made it clear to the media in his press conference he was no fan of Marvel Stadium.

Dimma’s not a fan of Marvel Stadium pic.twitter.com/eUMMsgQu3E

— 7AFL (@7AFL) May 16, 2021

It’s fair to say Dimma’s critique of Richmond playing a rare home game at Marvel Stadium has gone down well with opposition supporters and commentators

‘Spoilt’ and ‘precious’ is how Matthew Lloyd and Kane Cornes described Richmond after its complaints about Marvel Stadium. pic.twitter.com/6ZuyM6kqgi

— Footy on Nine (@FootyonNine) May 18, 2021

Hardwick has form of getting a bit cranky in a press conference.

After one of the worst games of Australian Rules Football ever played in Round 6 last year, Damien Hardwick told the media what he really thought about it and pointed the finger at the tactics of the Sydney Swans.

Dimma blames Sydney for the ‘horrendous game of football’ pic.twitter.com/sxMcAsJ6EC

— 7AFL (@7AFL) July 12, 2020

Swans coach John Longmire was quick to fire back.

“I’m not sure it’s my role to walk up to Damien’s coach’s box, knock on the door and say ‘what would you like us to do?’ That’s how it happened.”

Swans coach John Longmire has returned serve to Damien Hardwick: https://t.co/AyhpB5QVED @BenHorne8 pic.twitter.com/GnUVtDQ7RL

— SuperFooty (AFL) (@superfooty) July 13, 2020

In a world usually rife with cliches and diplomatic responses, seeing two coaches not afraid to speak their minds was very refreshing.

Author: Paula Allen