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Why former Cats captain is "not a great Chris Scott fan"


Former Geelong captain Mark Bairstow admits he is not much of a Chris Scott fan.

In nine seasons under Scott, Geelong have made the finals on eight occasions, including the last four seasons straight, on top of the 2011 premiership in his first season.

But they have struggled in September in recent times, losing nine of their past 12 finals including last year’s preliminary final to eventual premiers Richmond.

In Bairstow's opinion, there is not enough variety in the way the Cats play under Scott with the former star on-baller highlighting the need for more help for Tom Hawkins inside forward 50.

“I’m not a great Chris Scott fan,” he said on SEN Track.

“It’s easy sitting on the lounge to make comment but they just seem to be (doing) the same things all the time.

“They’ve only got one forward, they don’t seem to mix it up enough for me.”

Fellow former Cat Liam Pickering suggested that there are a few other old boys who are not necessarily in the corner of the current coach.

“I think there’s a few of you in the same boat. I’ve noticed it the more we get talking about it with the ex-boys, there seems to be a few of them with that opinion on the coach,” he said.

“Personally, I haven’t noticed it enough, but maybe I’m not watching closely enough. But there’s a few of the ex-players in the same boat.”

Bairstow played 146 games for the Cats from 1987 before he departed the club following the Grand Final loss to West Coast in 1994.

'Toby', who was captain for his last three seasons in the blue and white hoops, revealed how the exit came about when Gary Ayres took over from Malcolm Blight as head coach.

“It was a case of when Gary Ayres took over and he wanted to see a few changes,” the four-time All-Australian added.

“That’s a normal thing when a coach takes over from someone who has been there for a few years. It happens at all clubs.

“When a coach takes over they like to be seen to be making a few changes, whether it’s for the good or the bad.

“There was a bit of old rubble around.

“He just needed to see a few changes, ‘Ayresy’, and consequently a couple of us older blokes, we had to move on.”

Bairstow is now training racehorses in Western Australia and has two runners at Ascot on Wednesday.

Listen to his chat on SEN Track below:


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