Pyke leaves Adelaide with the best winning percentage of any coach in club history (60.75 per cent), and was fifth among active coaches behind Chris Scott, Adam Simpson, John Longmire and Alastair Clarkson.“It has been an absolute privilege and joy to coach this club and I have loved my time here trying to achieve great things with our players for our Members and fans,” Pyke said.
“I came here with the aim of helping our players to individually and collectively be the best they can be and this has been my driving force.“It has been a wonderful ride with some great memories and unfortunately some sad times, but now it is clear to me it is my time to move on knowing I have given my all.
“This decision has been extraordinarily difficult to reach but vital for me is the club and playing group being able to move forward, and the health and happiness of important people in my life.”Adelaide becomes the fifth club to see its senior coach depart in 2019, following Carlton (Brendon Bolton), Fremantle (Ross Lyon), North Melbourne (Brad Scott) and St Kilda (Alan Richardson).
Why Joe is likely to go1:39Pyke first raised the idea of him leaving the club two weeks ago in a meeting with Adelaide chairman Rob Chapman and CEO Andrew Fagan.“First and foremost, Don is a quality person of high integrity who is driven by strong values, but he is also a talented coach and leader,” Chapman said.
“He took charge of the team at the end of 2015 as everyone in the Crows family was emerging from the most tragic of circumstances and he led with compassion, while bringing a thorough approach and driving high standards both on and off the field.“Coaching is a very demanding career and we not only thank him but also his family - to his wife Jodie and daughters Ashton and Chandler - for sharing their husband and father in recent years. We wish them the very best for the future.”Read more: FOX SPORTS Australia »
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