Green Gully’s Hennessey becomes latest coaching casualty

Dean Hennessey has become the latest Victorian Premier League coach to lose his job, after it was revealed today that he has parted ways with Green Gully.

Hennessey becomes the third Victorian Premier League coach, after Richmond’s Jean-Marc Imbert and Oakleigh Cannons’ Bill Theodoropoulos, to lose his job this season.

Along with Hennessey, assistant coach Paul Harris and conditioning coach Stefan Rudzki have also been relieved of their duties.

Hennessey was appointed to replace Ian Dobson, though after just six rounds, with the club sitting in 10th with one win, the Green Gully board decided to take action.

After Gully’s loss at the hands of Northcote on Sunday, Hennessey approached the board on Monday for a meeting about where the team was at after six rounds.

Hennessey described the meeting as “open” and “frank” and he was “completely honest” about where he thought the club was at.

Upon conclusion of the meeting he was told that if anything had changed regarding his job that he would be notified the following day.

On Tuesday, Hennessey, Harris and Rudzki were told their services were no longer required at Green Gully.

Hennessey expressed his disappointment at leaving the club so soon into his tenure and believes following in the footsteps of someone like Ian Dobson required more than six weeks.

“I’m disappointed because I don’t think I’ve had long enough of a period to set the club on a different course, the results dictated that which I do understand – it was taken out of my hands,” Hennessey said.

“Ian is obviously very special in the sense of what he has achieved, you can’t argue with that, nor would you – all you can do is pay respect to him.

“He’s won something like nine championships, I don’t think there is anyone else that has done that, that I’m aware of.

“So when you walk into an environment like that, that has had that for a long period of time, you’re going to need more than six weeks.

“It’s going to take quite a period of time to make the adjustment to going in a different direction.”

After what Hennessey believed was a strong pre-season, he was surprised at Gully’s early results, which included one win, one draw and four losses.

“From my point-of-view, when I looked at the pre-season, we did really well.

“I didn’t foresee the start we were going to have, maybe I misunderstood how well we did in pre-season.

“Football is a really funny thing, it is a really good leveller and it can certainly bring you down to earth very quickly.”

Hennessey doesn’t have any set plans for the future, but coaching is definitely something he hopes to be involved with again.

“I want to get back into it but obviously I want to get back into it at the right club.

“I’ll be available if and when that opportunity arises.

“At the moment I’m just going to take a break, I’m going to work on a few things … maybe take another license and see what the future holds.”

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