Neeld in the dark on tanking issue

Sportal November 26, 2012, 2:37 pm
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Melbourne coach Mark Neeld says he has been left in the dark during the AFL's investigation into alleged tanking.

The Demons have been accused of planning to lose games in 2009 in order to secure a prized priority draft pick.

"It's something that clearly I'm aware of what's going on, but I'm no more informed than the person who buys The Age or the Herald Sun - that's where we're getting it from," Neeld said on Monday.

Neeld, who had no connection with the Demons until his appointment in 2011, said the investigation had not disrupted his plans for next season.

"From my point of view, it's an investigation into something that allegedly happened four years ago," he added.

"We're training for 2013.

"There's an investigation there and we welcome that. If there's something to answer at the end of it then we'll have an opportunity to answer it then."

Neeld said he had not recently heard from the AFL, who launched the investigation in the wake of explosive allegations from former Demon Brock McLean in July.

"I've got more information out of reading the back page of The Age than what I have talking to anyone here," he said.

"I'm sure that information is spot on, so we'll just wait for the next article.

"(Age reporter Caroline Wilson) knows more about it than I do, which is fine, that's her job. She knows more people in there than what I do."

Neeld said the players and officials currently at the club who were involved in 2009 had not been affected by the allegations.

"Our job is to prepare for 2013 and beyond and that's what we're doing," he said.

"Working inside a footy club, it's about that day, that session and then you review it and you look forward to the next session."

Melbourne face a heavy fine or loss of draft picks if found guilty of not doing their best to win matches in 2009.

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  1. Tim Sainter05:45pm Tuesday 27th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The age or the herald sun newspapers.....We need more information! ; )