West Coast coach Adam Simpson insists that he stays the precise particular person to steer the embattled membership regardless of their record-breaking 171-point loss to Sydney.
The Eagles plummeted to a brand new low of their dismal season – and their heaviest defeat in membership historical past – because the rampant Swans grew to become the primary AFL group to attain a double ton since 2011.
It took the Swans solely 26 seconds besides their first main they usually had little bother piling on the targets from there for a 31.19 (205) to five.4 (34) overcome the Eagles on the SCG on Saturday.
A dejected Simpson conceded the efficiency was “unacceptable” and “embarrassing” however was adamant that he can information the Eagles out of the stoop.
“We’ve got simply received to just accept it and benefit from it, and try to be extra aggressive as a result of it was unacceptable tonight. It was embarrassing,” Simpson mentioned.
“I am not accepting it, however there’s not a lot we are able to do exterior of hold rolling up our sleeves, practice as exhausting as we are able to and try to get higher.”
A solemn Simpson revealed that he had not spoken to the Eagles gamers within the fast moments after the match however refused to share publicly the place any conversations would head.
The Eagles’ coach since 2014 was unwavering when requested whether or not he was the precise particular person to proceed main the membership, answering with a forthright “sure”.
The underside-placed Eagles have now misplaced their previous 12 matches to face at 1-13 for the season with a dire proportion of 47.3.
West Coast have been hit exhausting by damage all through a lot of the season and solely had two AFL-listed gamers obtainable to play of their second-tier WAFL aspect.
Veterans Shannon Hurn and Jamie Cripps are anticipated to be obtainable to face St Kilda subsequent week, although Jeremy McGovern is prone to miss because the Eagles are once more pressured to name on their youthful gamers.
“We’ve got simply received to maintain giving these younger gamers alternatives, they are going to study the exhausting method,” Simpson mentioned.
“Quite a lot of these guys with the total checklist, senior and youthful gamers would not be taking part in. We have not received a lot of a alternative.
“However there’s some positives in that. I do know it appears to be like like the tip of the world for the time being, however the publicity these youngsters are getting, it will pay us again.
“Not tomorrow and doubtless not subsequent week, however hold exposing (younger gamers) to taking part in on the SCG, taking part in in opposition to final 12 months’s grand finalist, taking part in in numerous positions, attempting to construct some resilience. That is what it is all about.
“This may move. It simply hurts quite a bit for the time being.”
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