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AFL: West Coast, Adam Simpson part ways after 11 years

Adam Simpson departs West Coast Eagles
After 11 years, Adam Simpson and the West Coast Eagles have mutually agreed to part ways.

The West Coast Eagles on Tuesday confirmed the departure of long-serving AFL coach Adam Simpson.

Simpson, who won two premierships with North Melbourne in a decorated playing career, leaves the Eagles after an 11-year reign that included a famous flag win in 2018.

With West Coast struggling in the midst of a drawn-out rebuilding phase, there has been speculation around the coach’s future for quite some time.

Sitting 16th on the AFL ladder after winning just three of their 16 games, the Eagles find themselves in danger of claiming back-to-back wooden spoons.

“It feels like the time is right,” Simpson said in a press conference.

“I’ve been stoic and that this will be a slow burn and it’ll take a bit of time.

“It’s the right call and that’s why we’re here today.

“I’ve still got passion for the game but I probably need a break, to be honest.

“Relief, sadness and optimism for our playing group is what I feel at the moment.

“I have confidence in whoever takes over next. I’ll be sitting in the stands watching.”

Simpson will have the opportunity to coach the Eagles one last time when they host the Brisbane Lions this Sunday, but it is not yet certain whether he intends to hand over the reins immediately instead.

Online bookmakers are yet to release odds on the candidates to replace Simpson as the club’s full-time senior coach.

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