Demon days almost over for Daniher - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

AustraliaWeather Email

Demon days almost over for Daniher

Updated June 28, 2007 14:08:00

Photo: On the way out ... Neale Daniher will coach his last Melbourne game against Essendon on Friday night (Julian Smith: AAP) Map: Melbourne 3000

Melbourne has announced that coach Neale Daniher will not see out the rest of the season but will instead step down after tomorrow night's round 13 AFL match against Essendon.

Daniher said yesterday that he would not be seeking a new contract with the Demons when his contract ran out at the end of this season, but that he expected to remain as coach until the end of the season.

However, today Demons chairman Paul Gardner said Daniher would only coach one more game before handing over to caretaker coach Mark Riley, who has been Daniher's assistant this season.

Gardner said the earlier departure was better for all parties.

"We see this Friday as a great opportunity for our players, our members and the fans of both Essendon and Melbourne to show their appreciation for the Daniher decade," he said.

"We wish Neale all the best for his future, inside and outside of football."

Gardner denied the club had mishandled Daniher's departure by asking him to re-apply for his job as part of an overall club review.

"What we asked him to do is, we indicated a process ... and I had gone through that process with Neale," he said.

"He accepted the process, but then he decided not to go forth with that process. It was an exclusive arrangement so he certainly wasn't in any competitive situation."

Yesterday, Daniher said he would coach again in the AFL despite moving on from Melbourne.

There is already speculation he could be interested in taking over from Chris Connolly at Fremantle next year, but Daniher said it was too early to start talking about the future.

The 46-year-old said on Wednesday he had no sour grapes, just disappointment.

"No bitterness whatsoever ... I've had a fantastic run at a great club," he said.

"I'm disappointed where we are at the moment obviously but I did my best. Circumstances unfolded this year and we just haven't been able to quite get it right."

Topics: australian-football-league, sport, melbourne-3000

First posted June 28, 2007 12:04:00

More stories from Victoria

Top Stories

Connect with ABC News

Got a news tip?

If you have inside knowledge of a topic in the news, contact the ABC.

News in your inbox

Top headlines, analysis, breaking alerts More info

ABC Backstory

ABC teams share the story behind the story and insights into the making of digital, TV and radio content.

Editorial Policies

Read about our editorial guiding principles and the enforceable standard our journalists follow.

Features

  1. The moment Aretha's star was born

    By Mark Bannerman

    It was January 1967 and those in the room knew they were seeing something special. And Aretha Franklin didn't disappoint, going on to be the black American female singer who would take soul music into the pop charts.

  2. Queen of Soul remembered

    Entertainers and public figures across the globe pay homage to Aretha Franklin after the artist, widely known as the Queen of Soul, succumbed to advanced pancreatic cancer.

  3. Alia Shawkat doesn't plan more Arrested Development

    By Hannah Reich for Stop Everything!

    In Australia with new films Duck Butter and Blaze, the actress best known for playing Maeby Fünke explains why that chapter of her life is closed.

  4. The weather and our mood

    By Michael Mackenzie and Sophie Kesteven for Life Matters

    Do you feel great on a sunny day and down in the dumps when it rains? You're not alone. Here's what the research says.

Top Stories

Just In

Most Popular

Analysis & Opinion

Site Map

Sections

Local Weather

Local News

Media

Subscribe

Connect

This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced.

AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)

Change to mobile view