Infotainment Factory: Late Demons coach's stunning 'tanking' revelation

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Thursday, 4 April 2019

Late Demons coach's stunning 'tanking' revelation


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Former Melbourne Demons coach Dean Bailey reportedly felt pressured not to win games during the infamous 2009 season according to interviews with AFL investigators that have surfaced.

The Herald Sun report which contains leaked documents includes interviews between AFL investigators and members of the Demons' staff as well as players and officials during a 2012 investigation into the 2009 season.

With the Demons aiming to qualify for a priority pick which would allow them to select prized draft prospects Tom Scully and Jack Trengove with the first two picks of the 2009 AFL Draft, the late Bailey told investigators that he was told in no uncertain terms to not win games.

"What was said to me was, if I win games I would get sacked," Bailey said.

Dean Bailey

"I was threatened. Yeah, I didn’t like it. I think it was a terrible thing to be bullying and harassing not only me but the rest of the staff.

"Absolutely, I knew if we won those games, I felt that I would get sacked.

"No one actually said to me: "Dean, if you don't win ... we will not pay out your contract'.

"No one said to me: 'We will sack you and pay out your contract.' No one ever said that to me. What was said to me was if I win games I would get sacked.

Dean Bailey

"If I don't win games at the end of the year, we'll probably roll onto next year and everybody will try and forget about it."

Despite the fact that the AFL investigation was found not guilty of tanking in February 2013 while being fined $500,000 by the AFL, club legend David Schwarz said the Demons actively trying not to win games was the "world's worst-kept secret".

"It’s the world’s worst-kept secret," Schwarz said on Macquarie Sports Radio.

"And I just feel sorry for the players who were missing out on games because they were trying to protect not winning four games so they could get either a priority pick or better draft picks.

Tom Scully

"I knew Dean Bailey really well and he was a great person for the footy club.

“He was highly respected but he wasn’t given the opportunity to deliver to the fans of the Melbourne Football Club because if he did, his job and the jobs of his subordinates and everybody working there was under threat.

"So it was a disgraceful period in the footy club. From 2009 to basically 2017, they’d been a basket case.

"Tanking doesn’t get you anywhere and in fact it set the club back and it’s been almost an epidemic at the club since, that it’s been really hard to wash away what they did in that period."

Bailey did survive the 2009 season before eventually being sacked in 2011. Bailey tragically passed away in 2014 after a battle with cancer.

Former Melbourne Demons coach Dean Bailey reportedly felt pressured not to win games during the infamous 2009 season according to interviews with AFL investigators that have surfaced.

The Herald Sun report which contains leaked documents includes interviews between AFL investigators and members of the Demons' staff as well as players and officials during a 2012 investigation into the 2009 season.

With the Demons aiming to qualify for a priority pick which would allow them to select prized draft prospects Tom Scully and Jack Trengove with the first two picks of the 2009 AFL Draft, the late Bailey told investigators that he was told in no uncertain terms to not win games.

"What was said to me was, if I win games I would get sacked," Bailey said.

Dean Bailey

"I was threatened. Yeah, I didn’t like it. I think it was a terrible thing to be bullying and harassing not only me but the rest of the staff.

"Absolutely, I knew if we won those games, I felt that I would get sacked.

"No one actually said to me: "Dean, if you don't win ... we will not pay out your contract'.

"No one said to me: 'We will sack you and pay out your contract.' No one ever said that to me. What was said to me was if I win games I would get sacked.

Dean Bailey

"If I don't win games at the end of the year, we'll probably roll onto next year and everybody will try and forget about it."

Despite the fact that the AFL investigation was found not guilty of tanking in February 2013 while being fined $500,000 by the AFL, club legend David Schwarz said the Demons actively trying not to win games was the "world's worst-kept secret".

"It’s the world’s worst-kept secret," Schwarz said on Macquarie Sports Radio.

"And I just feel sorry for the players who were missing out on games because they were trying to protect not winning four games so they could get either a priority pick or better draft picks.

Tom Scully

"I knew Dean Bailey really well and he was a great person for the footy club.

“He was highly respected but he wasn’t given the opportunity to deliver to the fans of the Melbourne Football Club because if he did, his job and the jobs of his subordinates and everybody working there was under threat.

"So it was a disgraceful period in the footy club. From 2009 to basically 2017, they’d been a basket case.

"Tanking doesn’t get you anywhere and in fact it set the club back and it’s been almost an epidemic at the club since, that it’s been really hard to wash away what they did in that period."

Bailey did survive the 2009 season before eventually being sacked in 2011. Bailey tragically passed away in 2014 after a battle with cancer.

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