Former Essendon captain Tim Watson has thrown his support behind St Kilda assistant coach Brett Ratten, saying he’d like to see him coaching at the top level again.
Ratten joined the Saints this season after a number of years with the Hawks.
“I would like to see Brett Ratten coach again at AFL level,” Watson told SEN Breakfast.
“He didn’t do a bad job at Carlton and he’s gone and he’s been part of the most successful organisation of the last 25 years in Hawthorn under Al Clarkson.
“He’s got to be better than he was first time around so the next time he gets an opportunity, I think somebody’s going to get a really good coach.”
Ratten coaches 120 games at Carlton, leading the club out of a long stretch out of the bottom of the ladder.
He was sacked at the end of the 2012 season with, the Blues wanting to bring in Mick Malthouse.
After a poor 2018, St Kilda coach Alan Richardson will feel pressure this season and Garry Lyon asked the question on everyone’s mind. Should he be worried about Ratten taking his job?
“If you’re Alan Richardson, are you looking over your shoulder?” Lyon asked.
However, Watson doesn’t think it’ll be an issue.
“No. He and Ratten are pretty close anyway,” he replied.
Lyon: “Hypothetically, if they’re 2-9 at the half way mark?”
Watson: “(Richardson is) in trouble then.”