The renowned football coach of Richmond, Damien Hardwick, has been the talk of the town after he announced that he is stepping out of Richmond. Being one of the coach greats and a significant person in Richmond club, his decision shocked many, which is not surprising given his prominence. But the public also wonders what the reason that caused someone like him to fallout from a reputed club and reputed position is.
Thus, the purpose of this article is to answer all those queries and the reason Damien Hardwick had shared to the media for his leaving with a little more insight into the early life and eminence inside the football world. Let us get started without making you wait any further.
The 50 years old former football player Damien Hardwick whose birth name is Damien Patrick Hardwick was born on August 18, 1972. He also served as a coach in Aussie Rules football and Richmond Football Club’s senior coach in Australian Football League (AFL) he worked in the role in 2010 and in the inclusive of mid-2023. He was appointed as the head coach of the prestige football club, Richmond in the 2009 season’s end.
During his charge in the fourth season, Richmond again entered the finals after their long absence of eleven years. In the 2017 grand final, they beat Adelaide, which paved the way for their claim of first premiership after 1980. Damien coached Richmond to both 2019 and 2020 premierships earning the name of being the coach who has been the longest-tenured in the history of the club.
Damien Hardwick went to St Joseph’s College, which is located in Ferntree Gully, Victoria. On the school football side, (which is fiercely competitive with the other private schools under the EIS sports program), he embarked himself as the key player given his talent. Damien is mostly on the football field for almost all the games and is well known around the school circle to be tough, versatile and hardworking player.
Let us move back to our primary concern for this article and explain the reason behind him leaving the football club after years of working there.
Why Damien Hardwick Resigns From Richmond? Answered
The AFL’s three-time premiership senior coach Damien Hardwick dropped the bombshell of his resignation from the Richmond club last week with tear-filled eyes as he called the club the love of his life.
His decision had the other greats stunned as Nathan Buckley insisted that everything was up for grabs at Richmond after the departure of the veteran coach. Damien stated that he had lost his passion for coaching and he would no longer be able to give his 100 percent to the club.
He also added that he made a lethal mistake of having watched the last dance and that he thought it might have been, but once he decided that portion of the equation began to slip, he found himself questioning what it would be like to coach the club for him, and as soon as he started to ask himself such questions he began to realize what the answer will possibly be.
As he continued that if he could not give his whole, then there was no way he was going to coach the club as he could not prepare himself to see that.
Hardwick also decided not to have a farewell play with Andrew McQualter against Port Adelaide football club at the MCG. The former coach had blamed this on his mental exhaustion after being in charge for 14 seasons at the Punt Road.
Hardwick had an elaborate talk during the announcement on Tuesday about the stress and pressure of being a senior coach, as he mentioned that his biggest priority at the moment is to take a break and decompress.
The president of the Richmond football club, John O’Rourke, told the reports that under the watch of Hardwick a history of Richmond was created and for that, he will be forever obliged to him. Damien Hardwick is a person who witnessed the Tigers restore to life after their AFL stagnation period and led them to the premiership. Now with his exit and the continuing clash in Richmond, the future of Martin with the club is under critical examination.