Why “it defies logic” that Mark Williams isn't employed by an AFL club

SEN - Fri, 21st Feb 2020 - 0 Comments

Herald Sun reporter Glenn McFarlane says “it defies logic” that Mark ‘Chocco’ Williams isn't employed by an AFL club.

It comes after Port Adelaide champion Kane Cornes, who played under Williams during the 2004 premiership, suggested ageism exists when it comes to older AFL coaches.

"We have an issue with prejudice towards coaches based on their age in the AFL,” Cornes wrote in a column for The Advertiser.

McFarlane is baffled that an AFL club hasn’t tapped into Williams’ experience while echoing Cornes’ thoughts on ageism within the game.

“It defies logic that Mark ‘Chocco’ Williams hasn’t got a job in the AFL system,” McFarlane told SEN’s The Captain’s Run.

“That might not necessarily be as the senior coach, but how he hasn’t a job as a director of coaching or working with a senior coach at the moment clearly defies logic.

“How is he not at AFL level at the moment? He is still a great coach. There is no doubt in my mind that there is an ageism in AFL football coaching ranks.

“Sheeds (Kevin Sheedy) has talked about it, Mick Malthouse believes it, there’s no greater example than Mark Williams, who never got another go after Port Adelaide.

“He is six months younger than Andy Reid (Super Bowl winning coach with the Kansas City Chiefs) – unbelievable.”

“Where I find it extraordinary is that an AFL coach hasn’t been on the phone to Chocco in terms of getting him in as a director of coaching or in some sort of footy capacity – I don’t think there is a better teacher going around in the system at the moment.

“Why wouldn’t the Bombers get Mark Williams, who already has an association with that club, back at the club now helping out, gearing them up for 2021.”

Williams, 61, hasn’t lost his love for coaching but concedes it will be difficult for him to land a job in current landscape.

“I love coaching and I’m absolutely enjoying what I’m doing at Werribee,” the Power premiership coach told SEN SA Breakfast.

“The facts are it is difficult when you get over 60 to get a job, but it’s not impossible. I suppose if you keep doing the same thing, you’re probably going to get the same results.

“If you go for safe choices, you’re going to get vanilla results.”

Since resigning as Port Adelaide coach in 2010, Williams was an assistant coach under Kevin Sheedy at GWS for two years before a four-year spell in a development role at Richmond.

He is now the senior coach at VFL club Werribee, a position he has held since September, 2018.

Listen to Mark Williams’ chat on SEN SA Breakfast in the player below

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