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

SeasonClubCoachTimingReasonReplaced by
2008BrisbaneLeigh MatthewsEnd of seasonStepped downMichael Voss
2009North MelbourneDean LaidleyDuring seasonSacked after four wins, eight losses for seasonDarren Crocker (interim)
RichmondTerry WallaceDuring seasonSacked after 37 wins, 60 losses, two drawsJade Rawlings (interim)
2010EssendonMatthew KnightsEnd of seasonSacked after 25 wins, 41 losses, one drawJames Hird
GeelongMark ThompsonEnd of seasonStepped downChris Scott
Port AdelaideMark WilliamsDuring seasonSacked with a 5-10 record in 2010 after missing finals in 2008-09Matthew Primus
SydneyPaul RoosEnd of seasonPre-planned hand over to John LongmireJohn Longmire
2011AdelaideNeil CraigDuring seasonSacked after four wins, 12 losses for seasonMark Bickley (interim)
CollingwoodMick MalthouseEnd of seasonPre-planned handover to Nathan BuckleyNathan Buckley
FremantleMark HarveyEnd of seasonSacked after missing finals with nine wins, 13 losses for seasonRoss Lyon
MelbourneDean BaileyDuring seasonSacked after 22 wins, 59 losses, 2 drawsTodd Viney (interim)
St KildaRoss LyonEnd of seasonResigned, joined Fremantle as senior coachScott Watters
Western BulldogsRodney EadeDuring seasonSacked after 7 wins, 12 losses for seasonPaul Williams (interim)
2012CarltonBrett RattenEnd of seasonSacked after missing finals in 2012Mick Malthouse
Port AdelaideMatthew PrimusDuring seasonSacked after 5 wins, 13 losses for seasonGarry Hocking (interim)
2013BrisbaneMichael VossDuring season8 wins, 11 losses for seasonMark Harvey (interim)
EssendonJames HirdDuring seasonSuspended by AFL with one game remaining in seasonSimon Goodwin (interim)
MelbourneMark NeeldDuring seasonSacked after 5 wins, 23 lossesNeil Craig (interim)
St KildaScott WattersEnd of seasonSacked after 17 wins, 27 losses, no finalsAlan Richardson
West CoastJohn WorsfoldEnd of seasonStepped downAdam Simpson
2014AdelaideBrenton SandersonEnd of seasonSacked after missing finals in 2013-14Phil Walsh
EssendonMark ThompsonEnd of seasonReplaced by James Hird returning from suspensionJames Hird
Gold CoastGuy McKennaEnd of seasonSacked after 24 wins, 64 losses, no finalsRodney Eade
Western BulldogsBrendan McCartneyEnd of seasonSacked after 20 wins, 46 lossesLuke Beveridge
2015CarltonMick MalthouseDuring seasonSacked after 1 win, 7 losses for seasonJohn Barker (interim)
EssendonJames HirdDuring seasonResigned after 5 wins, 14 losses for seasonMatthew Egan (interim)
2016BrisbaneJustin LeppitschEnd of seasonSacked after 14 wins, 52 lossesChris Fagan
MelbournePaul RoosEnd of seasonPre-planned handover to Simon GoodwinSimon Goodwin 

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