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The coach ladder: Who's pleasing the crowd?

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WHICH coaches are pleasing the crowd, and who's set to feel the heat from the stands in the second half of 2017?

Giving their mid-season verdict on their team in a series of AFL.com.au surveys, fans were asked if they were happy with their team's coach.

Overwhelmingly, Essendon's John Worsfold enjoys the highest level of crowd support.

An emphatic 99 per cent of Bomber fans gave Woosha their backing, after he guided their team from the wilderness of 2016's anti-doping bans to within a game of the eight after 14 rounds. 

The coaches most under the pump from fans this season are Gold Coast's Rodney Eade and West Coast's Adam Simpson.

A wafer-thin majority of 53 per cent of Suns fans support Eade.

Just 54 per cent of Eagles fans are happy with Simpson, following a year that began with high expectations but has been derailed by a series of bad losses, including to the struggling Suns and Hawks.

Here are the full survey results for all 18 AFL clubs. 

 

A rare quiet year for the coaching merry-go-round?

No coach has a negative approval rating, suggesting the AFL may be set for a second unusually stable year on the coaching front.

Justin Leppitsch's axing from the Lions was the only forced senior coaching change in 2016. That made for the least number of sackings or resignations since 2008.

Melbourne's Paul Roos stepped down at the end of last season as part of a planned handover to Simon Goodwin.  

Senior coach changes since 2008

Season Club Coach Timing Reason Replaced by
2008 Brisbane Leigh Matthews End of season Stepped down Michael Voss
2009 North Melbourne Dean Laidley During season Sacked after four wins, eight losses for season Darren Crocker (interim)
Richmond Terry Wallace During season Sacked after 37 wins, 60 losses, two draws Jade Rawlings (interim)
2010 Essendon Matthew Knights End of season Sacked after 25 wins, 41 losses, one draw James Hird
Geelong Mark Thompson End of season Stepped down Chris Scott
Port Adelaide Mark Williams During season Sacked with a 5-10 record in 2010 after missing finals in 2008-09 Matthew Primus
Sydney Paul Roos End of season Pre-planned hand over to John Longmire John Longmire
2011 Adelaide Neil Craig During season Sacked after four wins, 12 losses for season Mark Bickley (interim)
Collingwood Mick Malthouse End of season Pre-planned handover to Nathan Buckley Nathan Buckley
Fremantle Mark Harvey End of season Sacked after missing finals with nine wins, 13 losses for season Ross Lyon
Melbourne Dean Bailey During season Sacked after 22 wins, 59 losses, 2 draws Todd Viney (interim)
St Kilda Ross Lyon End of season Resigned, joined Fremantle as senior coach Scott Watters
Western Bulldogs Rodney Eade During season Sacked after 7 wins, 12 losses for season Paul Williams (interim)
2012 Carlton Brett Ratten End of season Sacked after missing finals in 2012 Mick Malthouse
Port Adelaide Matthew Primus During season Sacked after 5 wins, 13 losses for season Garry Hocking (interim)
2013 Brisbane Michael Voss During season 8 wins, 11 losses for season Mark Harvey (interim)
Essendon James Hird During season Suspended by AFL with one game remaining in season Simon Goodwin (interim)
Melbourne Mark Neeld During season Sacked after 5 wins, 23 losses Neil Craig (interim)
St Kilda Scott Watters End of season Sacked after 17 wins, 27 losses, no finals Alan Richardson
West Coast John Worsfold End of season Stepped down Adam Simpson
2014 Adelaide Brenton Sanderson End of season Sacked after missing finals in 2013-14 Phil Walsh
Essendon Mark Thompson End of season Replaced by James Hird returning from suspension James Hird
Gold Coast Guy McKenna End of season Sacked after 24 wins, 64 losses, no finals Rodney Eade
Western Bulldogs Brendan McCartney End of season Sacked after 20 wins, 46 losses Luke Beveridge
2015 Carlton Mick Malthouse During season Sacked after 1 win, 7 losses for season John Barker (interim)
Essendon James Hird During season Resigned after 5 wins, 14 losses for season Matthew Egan (interim)
2016 Brisbane Justin Leppitsch End of season Sacked after 14 wins, 52 losses Chris Fagan
Melbourne Paul Roos End of season Pre-planned handover to Simon Goodwin Simon Goodwin 

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