PRESS RELEASE - Senior Coach and statement from Bill Monaghan

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 4:00 PM

End of a Coaching era at West Perth Football Club

After ten seasons as Senior Coach, the West Perth Board has made the decision to make a change as they look to appoint a new Senior Coach who will lead the program through the next three to five years.

Bill Monaghan has been the longest serving coach in the West Perth Football Club’s history. During Bill’s tenure, he coached the club to a premiership in 2013 and finals campaigns in seven seasons including 2018. The West Perth Football Club holds high regard for the contribution Bill has made in the past decade. The Club sincerely wishes Bill well in his future endeavours.

Quote from Club President, Dr Neale Fong: “As a Board we felt the time was right to make the change, to bring a new style and approach to the playing group and look to what opportunities there are to better connect with our wider football community in the West Perth District. Bill has provided stability over many years and in particular this current year and we greatly appreciate the work he has undertaken on behalf of the Club.”

The appointment of Bill’s successor involves an extensive recruitment process. The club will announce the new Senior Coach once an appointment has been finalised. No comments will be made by the Club until the appointment is made.

Statement from Bill Monaghan

I would like to thank the West Perth Football Club for the opportunity to coach the football club over the last 10 years.

Over that journey there have been many highs and lows and thankfully many more highs than lows culminating in the 2013 Premiership.

Other achievements that I am proud to be a part of were reaching the 2015 and 2108 Grand Finals, the opportunity to coach the only WAFL side to play at the MCG, the 2014 Foxtel Cup Grand Final, multiple final appearances and many remarkable performances including a record 100-point victory against the old enemy, scoring 5 goals in 5 minutes to snatch a victory against Swan Districts and the recent turnaround from the Qualifying Final to name a few.

More importantly it is the friendships and relationships established with players, coaches, volunteers, sponsors, members, families and supporters who go into making the fabric of football clubs that I will remember and cherish the most.

There were times when my passion may have been misinterpreted or misplaced but I have no regrets as I only ever wanted what was best for the players. In return those players paid me back in spades in what they gave me, my fellow coaches, each other and most importantly the jumper each and every week.

People come and go and great clubs will outlast all of us and I hope that history will look favourably on my time as coach of the West Perth Football Club.

With the League team contesting this year’s Grand Final, the Reserves playing finals football and a united and professional playing group with strong leadership there is plenty of hope for future success.

I wish all players, coaches and the new Board the very best for that future.

Bill Monaghan