Walsh sticks by embattled Tigers

WHILE he will have no senior team to coach this year, Brian Walsh would like to remain involved with Bendigo Football League club Kyneton.

Walsh was appointed coach of Kyneton in November last year, taking over from Derrick Filo and Nathan Thompson.

However, with the Tigers having lost almost their entire senior team from last year in the past two months, the club won’t field a senior side in the BFL this year.

“If they want me to do something this year, then I’ll certainly be there to help them, no problems at all,” Walsh said yesterday.

“I’d like to help out with the kids, that’s for sure.”

Walsh said that as players continued to leave Kyneton over the past two months, recruiting had become almost impossible, while he added the demise of the senior team this year was particularly disappointing for the club’s supporters.

“The club’s supporters have been fantastic over the past 10 years,” Walsh said.

“They keep coming back and wanting some success, but the club hasn’t delivered in 10 years.

“The players who have decided to go, maybe they can look back now and say, we should have given it another year or two and seen what could have happened... but that’s the way it goes.”

Walsh – renowned as a straight-shooter – said he didn’t believe his criticism of Kyneton while providing special comments for local radio station Fresh FM in recent years had turned off players from playing for him after his appointment.

“No, definitely not... that’s got nothing to do with it,” Walsh said.

“I’ve had good support at the club and we didn’t lose players because of me. 

“It might have been to do with the players being sick of losing... there has been guys who have been there for seven or eight years and only won a handful of games in that time. It’s disappointing to see what has happened, with the club having 80 years of history in the Bendigo league.”

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