Brett Ratten is reportedly set to leave St Kilda just months after signing a new deal with the AFL club.
According to AFL.com.au, Saints bosses have come to the decision following a review of the club’s football operations which has put the spotlight on the team’s performances.
Ratten signed a two-year extension back in July that took him to 2024, but a poor end to the season that saw them fail to reach the final for the second year in a row has forced the club to fight back.
“As head of our men’s program, Brett has secured significant buy-in from his fellow coaches, staff and players alike,” Saints president Andrew Bassat said after Ratten signed his new contract on July 8.
“In addition to his strong football IQ, our players value his ability to build strong relationships, which he uses as a foundation to challenge each individual to become better and fulfill their role for the team.
“That balance and ability to unite his coaches, players and staff in a relentless pursuit of excellence makes Brett the best person to lead us to our long-awaited second Premiership.”
The Saints finished fourth in Round 11 this season and held an 8-3 record, but have since lost eight of their last 11 games and missed the Finals overall.
They were also quiet in the trading period, missing out on top target Jordan De Goey while only adding free agent Zaine Cordy. They also gave up Ben Long for pick 32.
“I’m just worried they’re recruiting to be competitive or to get to the final and not necessarily to win a Premiership,” said David King of the Saints’ business.
“I’ve had my doubts about this list for a long time and the St Kilda fans think I’m going to smack them.
“They have to be careful not to become the list clogger capital of Australia.”