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Tributes flow for AFL coach Jeans

Tributes have flowed in for Allan Jeans following the death of the legendary AFL Coach on Wednesday.

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Jeans, who suffered fibrosis of the lung, died after a long illness aged 77.

He was renowned during his years at St Kilda and Hawthorn as one of the league’s toughest coaches and greatest motivators.

After a 77-game playing career with St Kilda, Jeans became coach of the Saints in 1961, delivering their only flag in 1966.

Following 16 years with the club, he was appointed coach of Hawthorn in 1981 and went on to guide the side to premierships in 1983, 1986 and 1989.

Under Jeans, the Hawks dominated the competition, appearing in seven successive grand finals from 1983 to 1989 – excluding 1988 when Alan Joyce took over and won the flag.

Jeans later had a short stint at Richmond in 1992, winning only five out of 22 games.

Hawthorn star Dermott Brereton was among the players guided by Jeans and paid an emotional tribute to him.

“I spoke to him about 48 hours ago and I knew it was the last time I was ever going to speak to him,” Brereton said.

“It’s a really sad thing when somebody who’s had such a profound affect on your life says goodbye to you and you know it’s the last time.

“He stopped taking guests out at his care facility and I rang him and I told him everything I always wanted to tell him, like you wanted to tell your dad before it’s too late.

“I told him that from 15 years of age, I heard his voice more than my own father’s for the next 10 or 12 years, five or six days a week.

“And 90 per cent of it was not about football, it was about life and how you conducted yourself.”

Brereton said Jeans was the sort of coach who would try to turn a player into a good person before trying to make him a good footballer.

“(He was) the most morally sound man I’ve ever come across,” he said.

As a coach, he said Jeans “could motivate you to do stuff that I didn’t think myself or my body was possible or capable of doing.”

Western Bulldogs’ coach Rodney Eade also played under Jeans at Hawthorn.

“He had a great ability to curtail the guys with huge egos and be able to give confidence to players who probably lacked a little bit at the same time,” Eade said.

“He was very much about team and I think that was the great thing about being at Hawthorn – everyone was there for the team and Allan really drove that.

Renowned St Kilda hard man Carl Ditterich said he was “virtually stricken…I’m struck dumb, to be honest” after hearing the news.

“His influence on football has just been astounding,” Ditterich said.

Another Hawk player of the era, Robert Dipierdomenico, said Jeans had directed him towards the right path.

“I lived my way through Hawthorn but also the way Allan Jeans moulded me as a person and guided me and gave me the opportunity in life where maybe other people would have given up,” Dipierdomenico said.

 

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