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Richardson Replaces Watters At Saints

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Rumors of discontent between Coach Scott Watters and the rest of St Kilda were rampant during the latter part of the season. Watters went on SEN's Morning Glory program to dispel the rumors. When asked about discord between himself and football manager Chris Pelchen, Watters dismissed the suggestion as "almost laughable." He also said that he had been assured by new president Peter Sumners that the club saw him as a long-term coach.

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Laidley Stays With Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide assistant coach Dean Laidley has decided to remain with the Power, after previously informing the club he wanted to return to Melbourne. However, he will have the best of both worlds as he will split his time between the two cities.

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Bombers Fire Coach

After a one hour board meeting several days ago, Matthew Knights was informed that his coaching contract, which will cost the club almost one million dollars in a payout, had been terminated.

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Coach Williams Parts With Port

Just one day before Port Adelaide was to play Collingwood, Port Coach Mark Williams was summoned to meet club Chairman Brett Duncanson at his home. A long discussion took place in which Duncanson pointed out the toll the club's poor performances - including Round 15, the club has lost eight straight games - has taken on Williams and his family. In the end, Williams agreed with Duncanson that it was time to step down as coach after 15 years.

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