Damo: Crucial Three Weeks For Richardson

Not much “wriggle room” for Saints coach

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Triple M Footy’s Damian Barrett believes St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has a “pretty crucial three-week patch” coming up to close out the 2018 season.

The Saints have been extremely disappointing and after heading into the year full of hope and expectation, they languish in 15th spot on the ladder with a 4-14-1 record after 20 rounds.

Richardson is contracted for another two years at the Saints, despite a winning rate of just 35 percent in five seasons, but Damo reckons that contract could be in doubt if the Saints got smashed in their last three games. 

“(St Kilda football manager) Simon Lethlean keeps saying that he’s not (looking at potentially moving on Richardson),” Damo told Triple M’s Rush Hour during The Midweek Rub.

“But I look at the fixture – they’ve got a Friday night game against Essendon this week, they’ve got a round 22 game on a Saturday night against Hawthorn and then the last game of the season against North Melbourne in a twilight fixture.

“If I’m Alan Richardson I’m making sure those three games are not blowouts because things can happen when you get to round 21, as we now are, and you have four wins to your name in your fifth season for a total of 37 wins out of 107 games in your coaching career - I don’t think you’ve got any wriggle room for any poor form, so I reckon it’s a pretty crucial three-week patch.”