Adelaide Crows launch ‘thorough review’ of football department amid form struggle

Adelaide Crows launch ‘thorough review’ of football department amid form struggle

Adelaide Crows launch ‘thorough review’ of football department amid form struggle

Adelaide Crows chief executive Tim Silvers launched a thorough review of the staff and structure of the club’s football department this week, 7NEWS Melbourne’s Theo Doropoulos can reveal.

The Crows exploded against AFL Premiership favorites Sydney on Saturday and are all but ruled out for another year without a finals appearance.

Amid recent form problems, a deep dive into their set-up begins this week, but senior coach Matthew Nicks’ position is not in jeopardy with both Silvers and chairman John Olsen backing him.

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Nicks’ contract was extended until the end of 2026 on the eve of the season, despite not finishing in the top-eight since taking over in early 2020.

“I’ve learned I’ve got a pretty good footy club looking after me at the moment,” the coach said after the loss to Sydney.

“It’s challenging. But I have the full support of this football club.

“John and Tim have been amazing to me. Our playgroup has been incredible during this tough time.

“So I hope that’s a sign of the kind of person I am. We will not give up. We’ll keep going.

“We actually feel like we’re making progress this year and it’s dangerous to say that because our results don’t show that and we understand that. We understand the frustration and have the same frustration.”

He praised his players for the way they dealt with the club’s increasing scrutiny.

“They did well as far as I can see. Inside the four walls it’s business as usual,” Nicks said.

“We are working hard to be a better football team. The environment remains a positive environment. We want to keep it that way. We also recognize and understand that we need to be much better.

“That doesn’t mean we’re going to ditch the pack and give up. The season – we still have a fair way to go.

“We are all competitors and we hate to lose. We know the journey we’re on and we’re sticking to it.”

Adelaide will return from this week’s bye with nine games left to restore pride and find answers to take into 2025.

They will host the GWS Giants and St Kilda in between a trip north to take on the in-form Brisbane Lions.

A showdown with Port Adelaide looms in the penultimate round before a Swans rematch in the final week of the home-and-away season.

– with AAP