MELBOURNE has followed the recent trend of appointing low-profile coaches from outside the AFL system, adding Geelong Falcons mentor Aaron Greaves to its new coaching panel headed by Mark Neeld.
Greaves, who played VFL football for Geelong, started his coaching career at Leopold in the Geelong Football League, the neighbouring competition of the Bellarine League where Neeld coached Ocean Grove to four straight premierships.
A physical education teacher, Greaves coached the TAC Cup Falcons for the past two years and previously worked with the Victorian Institute of Sport.
His appointment follows the recent signings of Neeld to the top job at Melbourne and Brendan McCartney, who also coached at Ocean Grove, to the Western Bulldogs' senior job.
Geelong's VFL coach, Dale Amos, also has a match-day role with the Cats and coached against Greaves in the Geelong Football League.
The Demons yesterday announced the appointment of Greaves, the club's new assistant midfield coach, as well as the changing of three other roles in the football department. Greaves will support new midfield coach Brian Royal, who acted as the club's back line man this season, and Josh Mahoney, formerly the forward line coach, is now the new football manager.
He replaces former Fremantle coach Chris Connolly, who is set to become the general manager of club development, providing a link between football operations and the rest of the club.
Melbourne also appointed David Misson as its elite performance manager on Tuesday after the surprise announcement of Neeld as senior coach last weekend.
The club is still in the process of appointing new forward line and back line coaches.
Royal replaces outgoing midfield coach Scott West, who said yesterday that he was keen to land another assistant coaching role next season.
The former Western Bulldogs champion said McCartney had not approached him about returning to his old club but admitted he would be open to any offer.
Meanwhile, West Coast Eagles assistant coach Peter Sumich last night indicated he would stay in Melbourne after Saturday's preliminary final against Geelong to meet with St Kilda officials about the Saints' vacant coaching job. Sumich also confirmed he would be willing to move interstate for a senior coaching role.