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The Northern Territory news Mon 6 Aug 2012



The Northern Territory news Mon 6 Aug 2012

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www.ntnews.com.au Monday, August 6, 2012. NT NEWS. 21 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:6-AGE:21 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Giant defeat costs Primus his job By MICHELANGELO RUCCI MATTHEW Primus will not be coaching Port Adelaide in the AFL next year. Just eight days before the former Power captain was to be re-appointed on his option for next season, Primus has become the latest victim of the clubs failed program. Ports crisis meetings yesterday sparked by the 34-point loss to AFL novices Greater Western Sydney on Saturday concluded with Primus being told he would not coach the Power next year. He is understood to have been offered the chance to see out the last four games of Ports season, but is unlikely to accept. This is expected to usher assistant coach Shaun Rehn to the caretaker role for the remaining games against Hawthorn, West Coast, Brisbane and Richmond. Primus demise comes a week before Port chief executive Keith Thomas was to present to the board next Monday the findings of a longoverdue review at Alberton, with a vote of confidence in Primus and the demand for a new football department at the Power. The loss to the raw Giants makes it impossible to keep Primus, regardless of his wish to take up his contractual option for next season. Ports leaders and executives yesterday were locked in crisis talks with no official statement on offer to a dis gruntled supporter base that has lost patience with Primus, his staff, his underperforming players and the clubs board. Primus headlines a scene of turmoil at Alberton. o MIDFIELDER Travis Boak was last night reconsidering his position. He is now expected to break off talks to negotiate a new deal at Alberton to contemplate a return to Victoria, possibly with Geelong. o FEUDING in the boardroom after a volatile meeting last Monday after supporter discontent with the loss against Fremantle. The review includes analysis of the football operations and the player list. It has identified significant weaknesses and needs. It concludes there must be changes. But the review was based on Thomas belief Primus was the best coach for the Power. Thomas a fortnight ago declared Primus safe with a public statement of support. The search for Primus successor is challenging considering Ports tarnished image. Port is forced to consider former Western Bulldogs and Sydney coach Rodney Eade, who is currently the coaching strategist at Collingwood. Premiership coaches Michael Malthouse and Paul Roos are out of the Powers reach. If the club is forced to hire a novice, former Collingwood captain and current West Coast midfield coach Scott Burns will be on the short list.