mai 24, 2024

Western Bulldogs, Kane Cornes defends criticism of Luke Beveridge, Ameet Bains comments

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Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes has responded to Western Bulldogs CEO Ameet Bains’ criticism of the media’s scrutiny of Luke Beveridge.

Speaking ahead of the Bulldogs’ 60-point win over the Saints last Thursday, Bains came to Beveridge’s defence, calling out the embattled coach’s critics in the media.

« The personalisation of some of it and the way it’s directed at the coach at times is over the top, » he told ABC Sport.

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Kane Cornes slammed the Bulldogs’ CEO’s comments. (Nine)

« We feel like there’s not much you can do about it other than perform and dispel it through wins and losses, and shift the focus elsewhere. »

Asked if there was pressure on Beveridge to keep his job, Bains dismissed the idea.

« No, no. As I’ve said a couple of times, it’s round five. He’s contracted until the end of next year, » he said.

Criticism of the Bulldogs has become widespread this season due to the dismal start to their 2024 campaign.

During last week’s episode of Nine’s Footy Classified — and in the wake of the Bulldogs’ shock loss to Essendon — Cornes called on the club to seriously consider moving on from Beveridge.

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Ahead of the game, Beveridge made the surprising call to drop premiership defender Caleb Daniel before demoting running defender Bailey Dale to the starting substitute.

Beveridge’s post-match press conference was also slammed after pundits claimed the premiership coach was sending mixed messages to his playing group.

Fox Footy commentator Brad Johnson, who also works part-time at Whitton Oval, conceded that Beveridge’s messaging was contradictory.

« Whether the outside gets into Bevo a little bit, I think every now and then it does because of the way he talks within his press conferences and the way he answers and talks in riddles at different stages, » he said ahead of the Dogs-Saints match.

On Monday, Cornes said he was not sure if Bains’ comments were directed at him or the industry as a whole, and confirmed that the Bulldogs had not reached out to him personally.

Cornes stood by his previous comments, stating his analysis was justified by the Dogs’ string of poor performances.

« If questioning their defensive actions, if questioning the number of goals they concede consecutively, if questioning bizarre selection decisions — if that’s personal, come on, » he told Footy Classified.

Luke Beveridge is facing another stressful season at the helm of the Bulldogs. (AFL Photos via Getty Images)

« That is not personal criticism, that’s professional criticism and that criticism stacks up.

« It’s amazing what happens when you play your best players in the positions that they should be playing in, and then you’ll get the results. »

Leading AFL journalist Caroline Wilson announced she had received correspondence from the Western Bulldogs.

« It was pointed out to me that he (Beveridge) has not been the only mouthpiece for the club, » she said.

« I take that criticism on board but I don’t take the criticism that we were personal to the coach. »

With their win over the Saints, the Bulldogs level their record at 3-3 to steer their season back on track.

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