St Kilda's Alan Richardson rips into players

St Kilda coach Alan Richardson turned up the heat on his slumping Saints after they suffered their 10th loss in a row to remain anchored to the bottom of the ladder after 16 rounds.

The first-year coach has preached a message of education and development as his club embarks upon a complete rebuild of its playing list, but said that his team’s youth was no excuse for the lacklustre performance in the 85-point drubbing at the hands of fellow strugglers Carlton.

‘‘The [lack of] real care really disappointed me tonight,’’ Richardson said.

‘‘The real want to represent our footy club and our team the way it needs to be in terms of effort, in terms of physicality, in terms of really wanting to roll the sleeves up and get the job done – that was the part that disappointed me.

‘‘When you turn up and do it in the second quarter it only illustrates to a greater level that we’re choosing when it’s time to have a crack or we’re choosing that I couldn’t be stuffed, so that’s disappointing.

‘‘There’s a real spirit that’s required, a competitive spirit to play at this level and we just didn’t have enough guys that were prepared to work hard enough for long enough to give us a chance to be competitive.

‘‘This is not completely foreign in terms of the space that we knew we were going to be in, but the effort is disappointing and we’re going to work our butts off on the training track to make sure that we turn it around.’’

Richardson promised to make some tough decisions at the selection table as he looks to arrest the club’s losing slide against North Melbourne in Hobart next week.

‘‘There will be changes made to that team – we can’t dish up that sort of performance and still have the same guys have the honour and the opportunity to represent the club,’’ he said.

‘They will have forfeited their position, there’s no doubt about that, but whoever comes in - irrespective of how experienced they are - we’ll know that you have to accept the responsibility to make sure that your effort is unquestioned.’

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