McLachlan to host AFL coaches

The mid-season bye will be on the agenda when AFL senior coaches have their annual dinner with league chief executive Gillon McLachlan.

The AFL boss will host some of the coaches at his home on Tuesday for an informal meeting to discuss a range of issues in the game.

Some, like Fremantle’s Ross Lyon, have confirmed they cannot attend because of team commitments.

Geelong’s Chris Scott made it clear after their upset loss to St Kilda that he wants the format of the bye rounds to change.

Currently the mid-season byes are split over three rounds, with six matches per weekend instead of the usual nine.

Last weekend, each game featured a team coming off their bye against an opponent that had played the previous weekend.

Collingwood came off their bye and beat Fremantle, while Geelong had played the weekend before and lost to the Saints.

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley said on Monday night he did not mind the current bye format.

“I like the idea that the byes are in there, I think they’re important for players and coaches,” Buckley told Fox Footy’s AFL360.

“I acknowledge the idea of the AFL to maintain continuity and to have three weeks of six games each.

“There are inequities everywhere (in the draw) and the breaks leading into games, out of byes, is simply one of them … I think it’s okay.”

That drew a sharp response from his Geelong counterpart.

“I find it impossible to believe that Bucks actually thinks that,” Scott said.

“We should fix it next year if it’s possible.”

But Scott also acknowledged that their concerns would be heard.

“Do you know in my experience what Gill will say? `Yeah, we can probably do that a bit better’ – which is a great attitude to have,” Scott said.

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