The West Coast Eagles have a great reason not to push for Adam Simpson, even as the team endured its worst season ever under the embattled head coach.
Many jaded supporters have speculated that Simpson would be axed, but now it may be revealed that staff would receive an incredible reward, with the AFL’s luxury tax at a whopping 200% on anything that spends more than $500,000. tender cap.
That means if the Eagles were to release Simpson, it could cost them a whopping $7 million — and that’s not including what West Coast would then have to pay for his replacement, based on The seventh channel.
Simpson’s employees are confident about the picket spoon because they only got this marketing campaign as soon as they.
A 171-factor loss to the Swans final weekend at the SCG was the biggest straw for some followers, but based on skipper Luke Shue, Simpson shouldn’t be tempted.
The embattled West Coast Eagles are unlikely to fire head coach Adam Simpson despite a nightmare season in 2023.
Captain Luke Shuey (centre, after last weekend’s loss to the Swans) revealed Simpson was “not one to get 200 factors in the sector”.
“We’re in this together,” he stated. “We are behind him.
‘What can he do from the trainer’s box? … Adam is not a 200-point field goal guy.
Simpson is under contract until the end of 2025 and the club have publicly backed him to continue as manager after the current crisis.
The 47-year-old, who was a respected figure among Eagles fans after winning the premiership in 2018, says he understands the call for change.
“No one likes what happened at the weekend and no one hurts more than me. So I understand the frustration,” Simpson said.
“I just know how big the journey is and how big the work is. ‘It is not easy. It’s not for everyone. So you have to be able to get some bumps and bruises along the way.
“I am not in the depths of despair. I knew our journey was big.
The Eagles were hammered by 171 at the SCG (pictured) last weekend, which was the final straw for some fans.
“We didn’t want a game like that (against Sydney) or a game against Adelaide (a 122-point loss) but we did it.
“So it’s about how resilient you can be and what you can do to get out of it. This is not a quick fix.
Simpson added that it was vital that he boosted the confidence of the beleaguered playing group.
“We need to make them relevant and accessible and get the best out of them. This is my priority,” he stated.
The Eagles have a chance to earn respect again on Sunday, July 2 when they host St Kilda at Optus Stadium.