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Swan Districts sack coach Adam Pickering

John Townsend

Swan Districts have sacked coach Adam Pickering for failing to reach finals in his fifth season at the helm.

An official announcement is expected tomorrow after Pickering was informed that his contract would be terminated with a year to go.

And Pickering’s departure may not be the only one this week with another club weighing up whether to seek a new coach next season.

Should that happen, it would leave four coaching vacancies given that Jeremy Barnard (East Perth) and Garry Moss (Perth) were removed with two rounds remaining this season. It is not known if Pickering, who played at the Royals and coached the colts and reserves at the club, as well as the Perth reserves, will be a candidate at either club.

Pickering’s axing is understood to be linked to the KPIs in his role with the team’s failure to make finals this season the most pressing issue. A victory in the last game, which would have steered Swans into finals for the second consecutive season, may have saved his job but Swans were thrashed by a Peel team bolstered by 15 Fremantle players.

Pickering won 32 of his 80 matches at Swans but did not win a final with his team finishing 8th, 10th, 7th, 5th, and 6th in his five seasons. Swans have won just one final in the 12 seasons since 2010 when they secured the premiership with a nail-biting one-point grand final victory.

Pickering could not be contacted.

IMAGE: The West Australian

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