The disappointing run has Cornes and Lloyd questioning moves made by the coaching staff, most especially the 2018 trade period where the Demons gave up pick six, who ended up being gun forward Ben King, in exchange for protector Steven May.
AFL greats Kane Cornes and Matthew Lloyd have savaged the coaching and recruitment of the Melbourne Demons following their dreadful start to the 2020 season.
The Demons through 4 video games have accumulated just one win so far, adding more misery to their supporter base which endured a harsh 2019 campaign with second-last placed finish.
Its been a fall from grace for the struggling side who in 2018 were one video game far from a grand final appearance.
Ben King (Getty)” It would kill seeing him (Ben King). Seeing what he provided for the Gold Coast in Geelong on Saturday night would kill Demons fans.
” Hes the one gamer they need however instead you have a 28-year-old who hasnt fired a shot in Steven May.”
Lloyd stated the club did not have ball users due to their choice to prioritise bigger-bodied players.
The Essendon legend questioned why the likes of Sam Weideman and Harley Bennell were having a hard time to get a game.
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” I think theyve hired bulls who arent fantastic ball users,” he said.
” Theres no genuine forward you wish to kick and kick long to. Theres just no self-confidence in the forwards. I do not think theyre elite by foot, other than for (Christian) Petracca.
” All these gamers they through would be strong cant get a video game like Sam Weideman and Harley Bennell.”
Steven May (Getty) Cornes thinks the clubs “absolutely overestimated” their list and said it would “eliminate” Demons fans seeing King in different colours.
” Its a coaching concern now, I do not think its a workers problem,” Cornes told Nines Footy Classified.
” Youve got to take a look at how they see the list. Theyve clearly absolutely overstated where they think they are on the list.
” If we take a look at their recent trades, you dont do this unless you think you are there in the window. You dont go get Adam Tomlinson and Ed Langdon and top up, pay big money in a 27-year-old at the time in Steven May.