Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has two important allies in his corner, with captain Marcus Bontempelli and legendary mentor Kevin Sheedy showing their support.
Their defence comes after the Bulldogs announced an external review into the club’s football department as Beveridge looks to return his side into premiership contention.
The premiership-winning coach is signed with the Bulldogs until 2025 and Sheedy believes he’s the right man for the job.
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“Beveridge has been an incredible coach, he took Footscray (the Bulldogs) from nowhere to somewhere, won a premiership, has been in the finals consistently and it’s very hard to find a good coach,” Sheedy told 9News Melbourne.
Following the announcement of the review by club president Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes has questioned the reason behind it.
“My query on this is, is this not just a review of Luke Beveridge?” Cornes said on SEN.
“How can you review the football department staff when they’re all new? They haven’t worked a day (at the club), some of them.
“This is just another review of the coach, is it not?”
In her letter to members and fans, Watson-Wheeler, wrote that former Essendon and Melbourne chief executive officer Peter Jackson will assist CEO Ameet Bains with the review process after the club finished ninth last season.
Bontempelli confirmed he had only found out about the review a “few days ago” and predicted he would be playing a part in the process.
The 2016 premiership winner went on to put his full support behind the coach, who only recently led his side to the 2021 grand final.
“I don’t think it’s a personnel review, Bevo’s a great coach, obviously it’s a lot about trying to support his future with some of the personnel changing, I only think good can come from it,” he said.