Yes we won the premiership so this seems a ridiculous thread to start, but Hardwick’s contract is up for renewal so it’s a legitimate question to ask imo.
And some info I’ve recently become aware of…………
Two years into Hardwick’s tenure at Richmond he wanted to move Rance on. Thank God that idea did not see fruition.
For seven years Hardwick insists players execute a game plan that they are not really suited to, there were glimpses of Hawthorn in many games, but glimpses of the lost years in other games, including the 3 finals. The culmination of this game plan was failure in 2016.
So what happens post 2016 season. Hardwick is forced to go overseas to improve his leadership, well that’s the official version, but more importantly he is forced away from the club for many weeks.
In his sabbatical, Carecella and Leppa knock up a new defensive game plan based on our lists strengths. Hardwick eventually returns to find a renewed enthusiasm amongst his players, a new game plan, and genuine hope around the club for improvement on 2016.
The rest is history, but it seems Hardwick rode the wave of genius of others at the club.
So should we have a succession plan for Hardwick, with say Caracella to take over the senior coaching role at a pre-determined time, or extend Hardwick’s contract and risk losing our assistant coaches to other clubs?