DAYLESFORD is the latest Central Highlands Football League club on the lookout for a senior coach following news that Andrew Button has stepped down from the top job.
The Bulldogs are actively seeking a replacement for Button, who departs after three years in the role and six with the club.
Button, 41, told The Courier he hadn’t been able to fully commit to the position as he wanted and had decided it was time to resign late in the season.
The playing leader, who lives in Melton, admitted he hadn’t offered his best in 2013, evidenced by missing a handful of games while on holidays and through work.
But he remains confident he has left the senior group in a good place after three campaigns in charge, which resulted in a grand final defeat in 2011, a premiership in 2012 and a semi-final exit this year.
Button will be fondly remembered for his match-winning goal in the 2009 grand final against Hepburn, when he kicked truly with seconds left on the clock to secure a five-point win over the arch rivals.
Button remains committed to “helping out in some capacity” with his son Tom keen to stay at the club in the under-17.5s, and hasn’t ruled out the odd game or two in the reserves in 2014.
Outgoing Daylesford president John Goullet, who is expected to be replaced by vice-president Bernie Jurcan at the upcoming annual general meeting, said Button had been a “highly respected servant” of the club.
“He’s been an inspiration, in fact, and a true example. He’s set a great tone at the club and the players held him in the highest regard,” Goullet said.
“It’s an extremely memorable period for the club.”
Clunes and grand finalist Buninyong are fresh on the hunt for new coaches after Justin Johns and Joe Gilbert stepped down from the respective helms following the season.