Cornes calls on Adelaide to be an "accountable footy club" following Pyke exit

SEN - Sun, 15th Sep 2019 - 0 Comments

Kane Cornes has called for the Adelaide Crows to be an "accountable footy club", after outgoing coach Don Pyke made negative comments around the state of the game, particularly its media.

"The landscape we now operate in as an industry is more challenging than ever, for players, administrators, boards, coaches and this is leading to a wider range of issues around contentment," Pyke said at his outgoing press conference.

"I hope that in the future we can find a better balance in how we view the game, regardless of the result, otherwise I do fear for the people’s genuine love of the game."

But Cornes believes the Crows have to be the ones to change in terms of media, rather than the footy landscape altogether.

"I don’t want to be critical of a guy who’s on the way out but that works both ways," he told SEN’s Crunch Time.

“If Don wants that, and he wants the media to be held accountable, then his footy club that he was in charge of, and their media department, need to be accountable for that as well.

“For example, when you say a player is going to miss one week and he misses 10 and you don’t give any updates, when you are questioned about a camp for 18 months and you don’t concede that it’s an issue, when Josh Francou walks out the door and leaves one year into a three-year contract… if you don’t tell us why David Teague left and wasn’t offered a contract.

“If you want accountability from the media, you’ve got to be an authentic accountable footy club and you’ve got to give some honesty to your fans.”

Cornes believes part of Pyke’s comments were in response to reports he and Josh Jenkins had a fist-fight over Jenkins bring dropped for the second time this season, which were categorically untrue.