Most AFL coaches are sleeping comfortable on contracts beyond this season. Of course, that doesn’t mean they can’t be sacked.
With Ross Lyon freshly tucked in by Fremantle until the end of 2020, here’s the collective status and overall records in premiership seasons – forget the pre-season funnies.
ADELAIDE: DON PYKE – The new coach is in the first season of a three-year deal at the Crows. Record: not applicable.
BRISBANE: JUSTIN LEPPITSCH – Contracted to the end of this season, understood to be close to agreeing to a one-year extension. Record: 11 wins 33 losses; win rate 25 per cent.
CARLTON: BRENDON BOLTON – First-year coach, isn’t contracted but on the club’s staff. Has at least three years to rebuild the Blues. Record: 5 wins 0 losses (as Hawthorn caretaker coach); win rate 100 per cent.
COLLINGWOOD: NATHAN BUCKLEY – Last year of contract, believed to have agreed in principle to a one-year extension. Record: 52 wins 40 losses; win rate 57 per cent.
ESSENDON: JOHN WORSFOLD – First season of a three-year deal reportedly with performance-based triggers for a fourth. Record: 149 wins 130 losses 2 draws; win rate 53 per cent. Premierships: 1.
FREMANTLE: ROSS LYON – Ink just drying on a new extension keeping him at the Dockers until the end of 2020. Record: 143 wins 70 losses 5 draws; win rate 66 per cent.
GEELONG: CHRIS SCOTT – Signed until the end of 2017, which would be his seventh season in charge at the Cats. Record: 84 wins 33 losses 1 draw; win rate 71 per cent. Premierships: 1.
GOLD COAST: RODNEY EADE – Second year at the helm of the Suns, contracted until the end of next season. Record: 173 wins 158 losses 5 draws; win rate 51 per cent.
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY: LEON CAMERON – Third year in charge, recently signed a two-year contract extension taking him to the end of 2018. Record: 17 wins 27 losses; win rate 39 per cent.
HAWTHORN: ALASTAIR CLARKSON – Contract expires at season’s end but is in talks for a three-year extension. Record: 163 wins 95 losses 1 draw; win rate 63 per cent. Premierships: 4.
MELBOURNE: PAUL ROOS – Will stand aside at season’s end and hand the reins to Simon Goodwin, who is contracted to be head coach until end of 2019. Record: 127 wins 117 losses 2 draws; win rate 52 per cent. Premierships: 1
NORTH MELBOURNE: BRAD SCOTT – Seventh year in charge of the club, last November signed a two-year extension to stay until the end of 2018. Record: 74 wins 61 losses; win rate 55 per cent.
PORT ADELAIDE: KEN HINKLEY – In his fourth season as Power coach, last year had his contract extended until the end of 2018. Record: 41 wins 29 losses; win rate 59 per cent.
RICHMOND: DAMIEN HARDWICK – Off contract at season’s end and feeling heat from three consecutive elimination final defeats. But club still expected to extend his deal, perhaps as soon as this month. Record: 66 wins 67 losses 2 draws; win rate 49 per cent.
ST KILDA: ALAN RICHARDSON – Third year of rebuilding the Saints, contracted until the end of 2018. Record: 10 wins 34 losses 1 draw; win rate 22 per cent.
SYDNEY: JOHN LONGMIRE – Signed until the end of 2017, which would be his seventh season as head coach of the Swans. Record: 83 wins 38 losses 2 draws; win rate 67 per cent. Premierships: 1.
WEST COAST: ADAM SIMPSON – Beaten grand finalists last year in his second season in charge, secured until the end of 2019. Record: 29 wins 17 losses 1 draw; win rate 62 per cent.
WESTERN BULLDOGS: LUKE BEVERIDGE – Took the Bulldogs to the finals last season in the first of his three-year contract. Record: 14 wins 9 losses; win rate 61 per cent.