Sport AFL Axed: St Kilda dumps head coach Scott Watters

Axed: St Kilda dumps head coach Scott Watters

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AFL club St Kilda has sacked coach Scott Watters.

The club confirmed the move via Twitter on Friday, with a formal announcement due later in the day.

“The club can confirm it has parted ways with senior coach Scott Watters,” the Saints’ tweet said.

“President Peter Summers will make a statement this afternoon.”

Watters inherited an ageing list from Ross Lyon, who made a shock move to Fremantle after the 2011 season. Watters guided the Saints to ninth in his first season last year. But this year, they came 16th with just five wins.  

At a press conference on Friday, St Kilda president Peter Summers denied a personality clash led to the sacking of the AFL club’s head coach Scott Watters.

Summers said the club has “had a tough few years” and the decision to sack Watters was not an easy decision but the result of a considered process. He said the rationale for the sacking would remain confidential between the board and Watters.

But he rejected any suggestion a personality clash between the club’s head of football Chris Pelchen and Watters was behind the axing, saying it was “not a factor”.

There is speculation that former Port Adelaide premiership coach Mark Williams, head of development at Richmond, is a strong contender to replace Watters.

Summers said the club had a list of potential new head coaches to sift through but insisted none had yet been approached.

His sacking continues a period of upheaval at the Saints.

Chief executive Michael Nettlefold recently announced he was quitting, although he would stay until the club found a replacement.

Summers was recently voted in to replace former president Greg Westaway.

The Saints also lost football manager Greg Hutchison, while it was announced on Thursday that assistant coach Dean Laidley had switched to Carlton.

St Kilda have also traded away their talented young No.1 ruckman Ben McEvoy to Hawthorn to bolster their draft position as they rebuild their playing list.