AFL legend Paul Roos and The Fordham Company’s managing director Nick Fordham are in Melbourne this morning (September 6) for one of the game’s most exciting announcements.
Paul Roos, the man who took the Sydney Swans to its inaugural premiership triumph in 2005, is the Melbourne Football Club’s new coach.
Roos, who has been managed by The Fordham Company since 2003, has been appointed for the next two seasons, with an option to extend for a third year. He becomes the 30th person to coach Melbourne since it was a foundation VFL/AFL club in 1897.
Paul Roos played 356 VFL/AFL matches (269 with Fitzroy and 87 with Sydney) from 1982-98 and later coached the Swans from 2002-10.
He coached the Swans to seven finals series from eight full seasons, including six in a row from 2003-08. He also guided Sydney to the 2005-06 Grand Finals, with his team losing the 2006 clash by just the narrowest of margins.
Roos coached Sydney Swans in 202 matches – the most in its club’s history – before stepping down from the post. He handed over the duties to former assistant and now incumbent red and white coach, John Longmire. His legacy at the Swans of building a club to have sustained success has continued today under Longmire, who guided Sydney to last year’s premiership.
Melbourne’s acquisition of Roos is monumental, given he has been on the radar of several AFL clubs since stepping down at the end of 2010 and has been regarded as one of the finest coaches of the modern era.