Leppa shouldn’t be copping all the blame: Brittain

Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch is feeling the heat after another defeat.
Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch is feeling the heat after another defeat. BEN MACMAHON

ONE-TIME Carlton coach Wayne Brittain says it’s unfair to level all the blame of Brisbane’s disastrous season on senior coach Justin Leppitsch.

But the Brisbane-based Brittain said he believes Leppitsch would not be safe from the axe if the defeats keep piling up.

Brittain did acknowledge the support of vice-president Leigh Matthews did count for something. Matthews backed Leppitsch last week, saying he would at least see out his contract, which expires at the end of 2017.

“With a person like Leigh Matthews, if Leigh’s the one calling all the shots then he’s going to be a little bit stronger than a normal person,” Brittain, who was also assistant coach at the Lions, told SEN radio today.

But, the Lions are now 1-11 and in 17th place, ahead of only Essendon, after an embarrassing 83-point loss to Fremantle at the Gabba on Saturday night.

“Footy clubs just don’t operate that way anywhere, their members and supporters want to see something done,” Brittain said.

Leppitsch flared up when questioned about his coaching future during Saturday night’s post-game press conference.

“Yeah, he’s definitely under pressure,” Brittain said.

“I don’t find it unfair because the team is very much performing poorly.

“But the whole club is performing poorly, it’s not just Justin Leppitsch that should be under pressure.

“Greg Swann should be under enormous pressure as well, their club’s just running at a massive loss, they’ve got no corporate support and their facilities are average.

“It shouldn’t just be Leppa copping the flack up here.”

The Lions had been level with the visiting Dockers at quarter-time of their round-12 clash, but kicked six goals to 20 from there on.

“I was sort of hopeful that they’d play a little bit better on the weekend, but really, when you look at it maybe this is what needs to happen,” he said.

“Maybe it just needs to be completely bared right open, nothing camouflaged, and having to start right from the start.

“I see a footy club that’s in a lot of trouble.”

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