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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

When Paul Roos decided to take on the coaching job at Melbourne it was a one year deal with an option for two more seasons. Roos decided to take up the option after the Demons' spirited display against Port Adelaide in Round 18. The Dees came back from a six goal deficit to get within three points and Roos said that the split round gave him plenty of time to think. Conversations he had with his family, friends and club officials as well as the commitment and improvement of the playing group had convinced him to stay to help the club's rebuilding and set them on the right track for the future.

Roos acknowledged what the Melbourne supporters have been going through for the past few seasons as the club struggled on the field, saying “I’ve just been looking at improvement and trying to improve. As a coach, you feel responsible for how the team’s going ... I said leading into the Port game that if we could have a really good effort ...and see some real improvement... we’re going in the right direction ... I think two and a half years gives us a chance to hopefully set the club up and in a good position to hand it over.”

Roos said overseeing a third season would make a significant difference. “Last off-season was about relationships and trying to keep the current group together and give them all a chance to improve and learn the game plan. The next preseason ... we’ll train a little bit harder and a little bit differently ... to have another two years after that, hopefully we can get to some point where I can leave and I’m happy with [where] the club’s at.”

Roos is already looking at setting up a succession plan similar to what he did at Sydney before handing over the reigns to John Longmire and hopes to stay involved with the club in some capacity when he does step down.


Article last changed on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - 8:50 AM EDT

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