Media Statement - Sharks Coaching Process Continues

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 4:54 PM

The East Fremantle Football Club would like to inform our Members and Supporters that on Monday 10th September we offered the new Senior Coaching Position to Geoff Valentine.

Geoff accepted the position on Monday afternoon but unfortunately withdrew his acceptance on Tuesday morning.

Geoff has made the following statement to the East Fremantle Football Club Members & Supporters

“Firstly, I would like to sincerely apologise to the East Fremantle Football Club.

The East Fremantle FC is a proud and successful football club and one that any aspiring WAFL coach would be happy to coach. After going through a two-stage interview process, I was offered the position of Senior Coach yesterday and was initially excited at the prospect of coaching the Club.  It was agreed that I would meet with Club officials the following day. 

The offer perpetuated other professional and personal conversations and it became apparent that accepting the position was not the right decision for myself, my family or the East Fremantle FC. I advised CEO, Todd Shimmon, of my decision to not accept the position first thing this morning.  Unfortunately, news of the offer had been leaked to some sections of the football media and these events have compromised the Senior Coach appointment process for the East Fremantle FC.  It is a regretful sequence of events that I am sure the Club will overcome and rebound strongly in Season 2019”.


The Club will continue the Coaching process and inform the Members & Supporters in due course when a coach has been selected.


Todd Shimmon