GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron resigns: because he resigned, AFL news

GWS Giants manager Leon Cameron has silenced speculation about his future by deciding to leave after another game in office.

Leon Cameron will step down as manager of the GWS Giants mid-season.

He will oversee his final match against Carlton this weekend before he leaves, with assistant manager Mark McVeigh taking over for the remainder of 2022.

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There has been much speculation about Cameron’s future after it emerged earlier this year that contract talks with the Giants had been suspended.

The name of former Hawthorn manager Alastair Clarkson has been cast as a possible replacement for Cameron at the new AFL club.

The four-time Premiership mentor has been absent from clubland this year after being transferred from Hawthorn late last season, replaced by Sam Mitchell, and is rumored to be considering his next coaching job.

Earlier this year there was also a debate in football over whether James Hird, who joined the Giants as a leadership consultant earlier this year, might be ready to take over from Cameron if the club sought to make a change.

Cameron’s contract would expire at the end of 2022 but he decided to walk before being pushed.

The 49-year-old said in April that he would not allow uncertainty about his future to upset him or impact the Giants after contract discussions were delayed until the end of the year.

“I’d like to sit here and say we’re going to win the next 18 in a row, so I’d be a genius, but we know there will be speculation,” Cameron said at the time.

“It will always be there. It escalates when you lose, when you lose badly or lose a couple of rows, but that’s the way it is.

“I’ve been dealing with this for a number of years.

“In this job you have to be able to deal with what comes your way in terms of control.

“It’s a high pressure job and I like it, but when we get to the weekend I’m completely focused on football so it doesn’t bother me.”

Cameron led the Giants for nearly nine seasons, becoming the Sydney club’s second-ever manager after taking over from AFL icon Kevin Sheedy in 2014.

GWS has come a long way from the regular beatings they faced in their early days, becoming a last pillar under Cameron’s leadership. They made a big final in 2019, which they lost to Richmond, and won matches in four other finals series.

But they had a rough start in 2022, winning only twice in their first eight games and putting pressure on Cameron, who chose to leave on his terms.

After a 17-point defeat to St Kilda in Round 6, leading the Giants to 1-5 – the worst start to the season since 2013 – the manager was optimistic that his troops could turn that around. However, should that happen, Cameron will not be at the helm.

Cameron will speak to the media with Giants CEO Dave Matthews and President Tony Shepherd at a press conference at 11 AM AEST.

With NCA NewsWire

Originally published as Shock when GWS Giants manager Leon Cameron suddenly decides to leave the middle of the season