Don Pyke steps down as coach of Adelaide

Don Pyke has stepped down as coach of the Adelaide Football Club, the Crows announced on Thursday afternoon.

12/09/2019 6:25:00 AM

BREAKING: Don Pyke has stepped down as coach of the Adelaide Football Club in an ‘extraordinarily difficult’ decision that the club says is unrelated to reviews of its football department

Don Pyke has stepped down as coach of the Adelaide Football Club, the Crows announced on Thursday afternoon.

“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 in a club statement.“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.

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Advertisement“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.”

The Agereported in August that Pyke's future would be determined by the in-depth external review.Pyke was coach for four seasons, taking Adelaide to the 2017 grand final, which they lost to Richmond. They finished sixth in his first season as coach in 2016, and last year finished 12th.

The two-time West Coast premiership player was appointed to the job in October 2015, following the death of Crows coach Phil Walsh earlier that year.Pyke first canvassed stepping down a week ago - a timeframe coinciding with the start of the Dunstall-led review - in talks with club chairman Rob Chapman and chief executive Andrew Fagan.

‘‘Don has given his all to the club and his work ethic, competitiveness and love for footy is immense,’’ Fagan said in a statement.‘‘And we will always be grateful for the positive contribution he has made.’’Fagan said the hunt for a new coach for next season and beyond would be urgent.

‘‘This industry demands that you move quickly and the search for a replacement now begins in earnest,’’ he said.‘‘We will use the learnings and reflections gleaned from the current internal and external reviews to ensure we find the best possible candidate to steer us into a new era.’’

Don Pyke has stood down as coach of Adelaide.Credit:AAPPyke coached Adelaide in 93 matches - the third-longest serving Crows coach - with a 60.75 winning percentage.Chapman thanked Pyke and his family and said he respected Pyke's decision.“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.

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“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.''

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