Former St Kilda star Nick Riewoldt says claims about Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin’s bad behaviour in 2018 is now “irrelevant” given the club found premiership success.
Hours after the Herald Sun revealed the Demons considered standing Goodwin down ahead of the 2021 season over claims of bad behaviour, Riewoldt said the matter had been dealt with.
“It’s pretty much irrelevant because in five weeks’ time, the Demons are going to unfurl their premiership flag in round one for the first time in however long,” he said on Triple M.
“Whether he was doing the right or the wrong thing, it’s irrelevant now.
“Melbourne undertook a review, and a statement came out today from club president Kate Roffey, which is really, really strong.
“The club conducted a review, they provided the feedback, the feedback was acted upon, and guess what? They won a flag.”
Among the claims made against Goodwin include the club sending a minder with him on a trip to Vegas, drinking with players and gambling.
Commentator Andy Maher agreed the club’s fans would have moved on from the matter, if there were no more serious allegations to emerge from the claims.
“I would think this is of no interest to Melbourne supporters,” he said on SEN.
“If he’s having a $150 each way bet on something at Flemington, that’s nobody’s business but Simon Goodwin’s.
“He is now a dominant figure in that football club.”
GWS coach Leon Cameron was wary to weigh in on the matter, but ultimately supported Goodwin’s plight.
“If you’re senior coach, you’re going to be judged rightly or wrongly,” he said on Sportsday.
“There’s going to be opinions on what you do on the footy field. Clearly if you’re winning, things can probably be a little easier for you.”
A News Corp report on Tuesday revealed former Demons president Glen Bartlett was deeply concerned by Goodwin’s alleged behaviour at the club, and his off-field activities.
AFL supremo Gillon McLachlan was even briefed on the matter and described Goodwin’s decision to drink and gamble with players as “crazy” in a crisis meeting about the coach’s behaviour.
Roffey said Goodwin had the club’s full support moving forward.
“The review reaffirmed Simon Goodwin as the right man to lead our club, and ultimately to drive us to premiership success,” she said in a statement.
“As expected from any review, the final recommendations outlined areas for improvement for several key staff within the football program, that feedback was given and welcomed by Simon and others as a way of improving our young leaders who are driving the cultural change.
“Simon, like many others within the department, was given this feedback and embraced the opportunity it provided to evolve and improve as a coach.
“During these feedback discussions, Simon totally rejected any accusations of bullying behaviour and as the club president, I totally support Simon rejecting those accusations.”