Crows to stand by Bailey

Written By Unknown on Selasa, 19 Februari 2013 | 14.43

Adelaide Crows assistant coach Dean Bailey. Picture: Andrea Laube Source: The Advertiser

THE Crows have already begun discussing potential roles for coach Dean Bailey after he received a 16 week suspension for his role in the Melbourne tanking affair.

Adelaide list manager David Noble confirmed Bailey was not allowed to have any involvement with players or the team's preparations on matchdays, but would be shuffled into other positions.

This could include list management, recruiting, opposition analysis and even marketing and sales.

Bailey will remain on full pay.

"Dean Bailey will remain an integral part of our football club as we continue to support him through this difficult period,'' Noble said.

"We have no choice to accept the sanction and we will work to ensure we are not disadvantaged within our football program.''

Noble denied the sanctions would make it more difficult for the Crows to build on last year's success.

"Every club gets presented with different challenges,'' he said.

"Does it make it harder if you lose someone with a knee reconstruction? Dean's got some enormous experience that he's added to our playing group in the 12 months he's been here. But when the chips are down our coaches and our players are very much a group that's got strong character and are prepared to get in and cover what's required...

"We think we've got some staff that will cover the area no problem at all.''

Noble said the players would miss interacting with the former Demons head coach.

"The players will miss him like crazy, there's no doubt...'' he said.

"He's keeping his head up and I'd have to say his main focus was to protect us as a footy club.''

Crows chairman Rob Chapman says Bailey will retain a behind-the-scenes role at the club despite him being banned by the AFL from having any match-day or one-on-one coaching involvement with any Adelaide player until after round 16.

Bailey today became one of the fall guys for the Melbourne tanking scandal in 2009.

The former Demons coach was found guilty of "engaging in conduct prejudicial to the AFL'' with some of his pre-game planning."

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"We are extremely disappointed at the significant suspension which Dean has incurred following the AFL's investigation,'' Chapman said.

"But the Adelaide Football Club will continue to provide its full support to Dean during this time and is totally committed to retaining him as a valued employee of the club.''

Chapman said the Crows would look for other people to fill the role Bailey - highly-regarded for his coaching strategy - played on matchdays.

"We are really disappointed with the penalty Dean has copped but we have other people we can use,'' Chapman said.

League Acting General Manager of Football Operations Gillon McLachlan said Bailey had accepted his sanctions.

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Bailey's former football lieutenant at Melbourne, Chris Connolly, has been banned for 12 months. He is not allowed to have any involvement with a football club until February 1, 2014.

Melbourne was also fined $500,000 for bring found guilty of deliberately manipulating results in 2009 when it finished bottom and was rewarded with the first two picks at the national draft, where it swooped on midfielders Tom Scully and Jack Trengove.

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