Adelaide Crows: Who’s to blame for 2024 AFL season debacle

Adelaide Crows fans are demanding answers after Thursday night’s defeat to cellar-dwellers Richmond at Adelaide Oval.

Rate the key players in the Crows’ pecking order below – use the drop-down menus below to rate each of the club’s key figures from A (Outstanding) to F (Failure).

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Matthew Nicks, Coach: Named to rebuild the team to finals contenders – almost fulfilled last year after taking on the wooden spoon in 2020, his first season. Controversially reappointed in March for two years.

Jordan Dawson: The Crows’ first South Australian-born captain since 2010, Dawson won the hearts of Crows fans with a Showdown-winning goal after the 2022 siren.

John Olsen: Former Liberal Prime Minister and Australian Consul General in New York, Consul Olsen, has joined the Crows board as chairman in 2020. The term is dominated by plans for the club’s new headquarters. He backed Nicks’ reappointment on Wednesday, saying he was “the right coach for the Adelaide Football Club right now”.

Tim Silvers: Chief Executive Officer from March 2021. Spent 17 years at Hawthorn, finishing as Chief Operating Officer.

Mark Ricciuto: Former captain and Brownlow medalist who played 312 games for the club, including the premiership in 1998. Director of football, first elected to the club’s board in 2014, whose term expires next February. Highly regarded but also targeted by fans for his off-field performances.

Justin Reid: GM List Management and Strategy Since 2015 The club’s low rankings have given recruiters a slew of top draft picks – have they used them wisely?

Hamish Ogilvie: National Head of Recruitment since November 2006. See Reid above.

Adam Kelly: Executive General Manager of Football since 2020. Formerly General Manager of Football SANFL and CEO of East Fremantle. The Crows have also sought former Richmond Premier League football manager Neil Balme for a key off-field role.

Scott Burns: Senior assistant coach (forwards). Former Norwood and Collingwood player who was assistant coach at West Coast, Collingwood and Hawthorn.

Nathan van Berlo: Assistant Coach (Midfield). A former Crows captain who returned to the West Coast club in 2021 where he also served as midfield coach.

Jack Hombsch: Last coach. Played 116 AFL games with GWS, Port Adelaide and Gold Coast. Coaching experience as Head of Development for the Crows AFLW program and backline development coach for AFL and SANFL club programs.

Originally published as Who’s to blame for this debacle? Rate the crow head honchos

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