No matter which of the potential coaches the Western Bulldogs choose, it is clear the club has made the right decisions over the off-season.
The way they handled the Tom Boyd deal was excellent, but particularly, it was the candour of Peter Gordon, Simon Garlick and Chris Grant that showed the Dogs were serious about moving forward.
The next best call they made was to not consider former Dogs legend Scott West for the head coach position. Indeed, he is a solid VFL coach who took Werribee to consecutive preliminary finals.
However, with no disrespect to West, the Dogs cannot afford to overlook more experienced coaches at this stage in their development.
Favourite sons usually do not bode well as coaches. Despite various glimpses of success at AFL level, James Hird and Michael Voss were kept on for too long at their respective teams. Justin Leppitsch has taken the rabble that Voss left and turned the Lions into a growing powerhouse, but he looks to be the exception to the rule.
The shortlist as it stands includes Leigh Tudor, Peter Sumich, Luke Beveridge and Brett Montgomery. Tudor has been touted as one of the best assistants the game has, whilst Sumich and Beveridge have a wealth of experience at successful clubs.
Then there is the dark horse in Montgomery. The current Dogs assistant proved he is worthy as he took out the best assistant coach award this year.
Whilst he would be a favourite amongst the players, it may be better for the Bulldogs to land one of the other bigger fish, given they would bring a different knowledge of the game to the club.
No matter who they pick from the shortlist, it seems the decision makers at the Dogs have got their heads screwed on right, with their off-season moves fitting perfectly within the parameters of boom or bust success: something they haven’t delved in for quite some time.