Phil Walsh has been announced the new head coach of the Adelaide Crows.
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The Adelaide Crows have announced former Port Adelaide assistant coach Phil Walsh as its senior coach.
The 54-year-old has been handed a three-year deal and replaces sacked coach Brenton Sanderson.
“The feedback we have received from across the competition reinforces what we already knew – Phil Walsh is a quality individual and an outstanding football person,” Crows chairman Rob Chapman said in a statement.
One of the game’s most respected tacticians, he spent four years at West Coast as strategy and innovation coach before becoming the Power’s midfield coach last season.
Walsh had previously had a ten year stint as assistant at Port Adelaide between 1998 and 2008 and is was reportedly pivotal in the Power’s 2004 premiership year.
“Phil is a respected figure in the AFL and the right man to lead our club down a path of sustained success,” Crows chief executive Andrew Fagan said.
“Our search was thorough and intensive and he emerged as the standout candidate, possessing an astute football mind and team-first approach.”
Walsh said he was honoured to become the club’s seventh coach.
“I would like to thank the board for its belief and trust,” Walsh said.
“As a career coach, I am ready for the ultimate test and 100 percent committed to this fresh challenge. Success doesn’t come looking for you.
“You must chase it as a team, with a focus on hard work and elite habits.”