After being confirmed as Tallygaroopna's coach on Thursday night, Chris Earles has led the Redlegs to their first win of the Kyabram District Football League season.OLIVER CAFFREY May 12, 2014 3:10am
Chris Earles was appointed Tallygaroopna’s coach on Thursday and led the side to its first win on Saturday.
After a three-week search for a new coach, Tallygaroopna has decided on one of its own.
Chris Earles will coach the Redlegs for the remainder of the Kyabram District Football League season.
Earles was an assistant under former coach Matt Mahony and has led the Redlegs since Mahony’s surprise resignation on April 24.
Tallygaroopna confirmed the appointment on Thursday night, two days before the breakthrough win against Violet Town.
Redlegs president Dave Davis said Earles had the whole club behind him after a unanimous appointment by the committee.
‘‘We had a function after the previous game and the boys came up to me and said ‘we’re really enjoying his style of footy’,’’ Davis said.
‘‘He connects with them really well and you can’t ask for anything more in a coach than someone that connects with the boys.
‘‘We will re-evaluate everything at the end of the year, like every club does, but if he wants to go around again next year, I couldn’t see a reason why not.’’
Earles has been at Tallygaroopna for the past seven years after growing up at Yarram in the Alberton Football League.
He last made an appearance for the Redlegs in 2012 after a serious back injury put an abrupt end to his career.
Earles spent a year away from football last year after realising his playing days were over, but jumped at the chance to work under Mahony.
Despite having a busy life outside of football, the two games he coached as caretaker developed a hunger to take on the senior role full-time.
‘‘I put my hand up a couple of weeks ago, I was deliberating because I’ve got plenty of things going on outside footy — I’m renovating the house and I’m getting married, but it’s really exciting to be part of the club,’’ Earles said.
The Redlegs are 12th on the ladder with one win, but Earles said there was still hope for a promising season.
‘‘Pretty much the plan is to get them back to the love of footy, we’re a young side and we want them moving forward in their careers as individuals and as footballers.
‘‘We’ll be pushing the team aspect and we want to be a side that is not taken lightly by any team in the league.
‘‘I’ve already seen a response from the players, it’s not an ideal situation for the players to lose a coach during the season.
‘‘We thought we might lose a couple of blokes because of it, but we’re sticking together as a unit and guys have stood up.’’
Shane Davidson has been helping Earles on game days, but an official assistant to Earles will be confirmed in the next week.
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