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Longmire questions Clarkson comments

Adam Curley  May 14, 2018 3:40 PM

Longmire press conference - May 14, 2018 John Longmire speaks to media on Monday afternoon following Friday night's win over Hawthorn.
Coach John Longmire speaks with his players at quarter time of Friday night's clash against Hawthorn.

Coach John Longmire speaks with his players at quarter time of Friday night's clash against Hawthorn.

Sydney coach John Longmire has described a meeting between his Hawthorn counterpart Alastair Clarkson and AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Monday as "unusual and unnecessary".

Longmire was already unhappy with his good friend at the Hawks after Clarkson criticised Swans players for their blocking tactics in the aftermath of Sydney's thrilling eight-point win at the MCG on Friday night.

The Hawks coach told the media after the loss that the Swans defenders are 'very sophisticated with the way that they defend, but at different stages they’re getting away with blue murder too' and named Dane Rampe and Heath Grundy as the major culprits.

Longmire had already voiced his displeasure on the comments, and after learning of the breakfast meeting between Clarkson and the League boss, he clearly still has an issue with his former North Melbourne teammate, and let fly at his Monday media conference.

"Obviously after the game it can be difficult (at media conferences) but to follow it up on Saturday, and again this morning with Gil to go through some vision, is a bit unusual," Longmire said.

"I spoke to Gill and asked what it was about, but it's got nothing to do with Gill, he didn't know what the chat was about (before the meeting).

"I'm not sure if it was under the guise of (talking about) the charter of the game or what it was, but it's unusual and unnecessary I would suggest.

"It was strange from Alastair, considering the three previous times when they beat us nothing was said.

"I had a look on the AFL website today and there's plenty of examples of Hawthorn players doing exactly the same thing, so let's not kid ourselves.

"It's an important part of the game that Hawthorn are very good at.

"It's a bit on unusual that he can make comments about other teams and what they do, then think to yourself that your team does everything right."

Longmire said he has spoken to Clarkson since Friday night, and he reiterated that he thinks any talk regarding the game should be left until the end of the year.

"We've had a couple of exchanges, and we probably agree to disagree on this one," he said. 

"We've all got passionate thoughts on the game, but there's a time and a place to have those discussions. 

"When we're in the heat of the season and particularly after a loss, I don't think it's appropriate to put it on the agenda like he did."

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