THE Clunes Football Club executive has met to discuss the future of the club’s senior coaching position after a bizarre occurrence on Saturday where the current coach attended the game as a spectator.
Coach Dale Cowell did not perform his official duties for the Magpies in their clash against Learmonth on the weekend, watching on from the sidelines as captain Jesse Baird, vice-captain Jason Yole and reserves coach Ken Norman took the reins.
Speaking to The Courier following the match, Cowell said he did not feel up to the job on the weekend while on medication for an ongoing shoulder injury. Cowell also said he had experienced family issues during the week leading up to the game.
It is understood there was some heated moments between Cowell and members of the club at training on the Thursday in the lead up to the fixture against the Lakies, however Cowell said this did not impact his decision not to coach.
In the statement following Tuesday’s meeting club president Christine Hill said “a decision was made to chat further with Dale after he recovers from his shoulder surgery (performed on May 17) in regards to personal reasons”.
The side will have this weekend off through the interleague break, but it remains unclear whether Cowell will be fit to return to the coaching role for training and their round seven clash with Daylesford away from home on May 28.
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