2001 – Malcolm Blight sacked as coach of St Kilda

Malcolm Blight was one of the champion Australian Rules players of his era. He played in the VFL for North Melbourne, kicking 444 goals in 178 games, and won the Brownlow Medal, the game’s highest honour, in 1978.

After retiring from playing, he coached for several seasons at different teams, including two premiership victories with the Adelaide Crows. But as time went by, his coaching fell behind the times.

In 2001, he became the coach of St Kilda, signing a $1 million (Australian) contract with the team. The season was unsuccessful. In particular, relations between Blight and players soured increasingly as the season progressed. He was sacked after round 15, having led the team to only three victories in those 15 games.

Referenced in:

Don’t Come Back – Human Nature