Carlton coach David Parkin has revised his traditional role, effectively
becoming a "coach/manager" who manages an enlarged coaching staff.
Parkin said the expansion of the club's coaching panel, including the hiring
of John Worsfold and Ross Lyon, had made it possible for him to relinquish much
of his ``hands on" work with players.
``My role will be more as a mentor and overseer - a coach/manager I
suppose," Parkin said.
The veteran coach said he would concentrate on working with the coaches
rather than operating through the traditional direct relationship with players.
``I've not done that before, so it's exciting. I'm nervous about it because
it's a different role and set up," he said.
Parkin said assistant coach Wayne Brittain would assume a greater
responsibility under the new set-up.
``Brits is my senior assistant. He will be responsible for the game plan and
he's been doing that now. But he's got rid of the responsibility for the
reserves. That was a big thing that we couldn't use him in the way I wanted.
I'll be able to use him as my absolute right-hand man now. He'll be running the
show in a real sense.
``I won't be doing as much hands-on stuff as I've done in the past."
Worsfold will have a specific defensive coaching role, while Lyon will assume
control of the reserves. Stephen Kernahan, the new chairman of selectors, will
remain, with Greg Williams, in a part-time coaching role.
Parkin said the Blues had not kept pace with rival clubs in resourcing their
coaching staff until now. ``We prided ourselves that we were the best in the
business. In the last few years, we haven't been. But now I think we're getting
to the stage where we will not only catch up to the field, but we'll set the
Parkin said he did not know whether Kernahan wanted to pursue a coaching
career and, as the new chairman of selectors, he had kept his options open. ``In
the big picture Sticks is going to develop, and I don't know whether it's going
to be in coaching or in a match-committee-cum committee, Wes Lofts-type person.
``It's very important we keep him here doing the things he's comfortable with
and wants to do rather than forcing him into coaching or forcing him into
something. I think Sticks is keeping a foot in each camp now."