Former Ipswich Eagles Aussie rules coach Dave Hume is the latest mentor to leave the troubled club.
Former Ipswich Eagles Aussie rules coach Dave Hume is the latest mentor to leave the troubled club. Claudia Baxter

Eagles coach flies the coop

IPSWICH Eagles coach David Hume has sensationally quit the Aussie rules club only three games into the AFLQ season.

Hume's shock exit came when he contacted club president Mick Whiteley on Saturday night, only hours after the Eagles' first victory of the season.

Whiteley met with coaching staff and committee members on Sunday morning and it was agreed assistant coach Craig Harley would take the reins for the rest of the season.

Whiteley was disappointed with Hume's decision but said the club would move forward from the blow.

"Dave sent me a text on Saturday night," Whiteley said.

"He said things had built up and he couldn't continue on in a stressful job.

"I accepted his resignation on behalf of the club on Sunday morning."

Hume's departure continues a sorry coaching history at the Eagles who will now bring in their ninth senior coach in 11 years.

Hume thanked some of his former players and coaches via the club's Facebook page but indicated there was more behind his decision than personal concerns.

"To those in the club who have seen to my demise, or so they think, firstly it was my decision, not yours," Hume wrote.

"Secondly, I do not enjoy the politics involved in this club and the vitriol.

"My choice to remain was simply to rehash the coaching staff and risk the implosion of the club, or out of respect to those guys I care about, walk away and hopefully let the club eventually rid itself of the disruptive and negative influences.

"To those who agitate behind the scenes, I will not miss you one bit."

Hume's comments point to a continuing discontent between some players and the coaching group, something that has been an issue at the club in past seasons.

Former coach Mike O'Neill walked out of the club midway through the 2009 season in similar circumstances after delivering an ultimatum to the playing group to shape up.

Hume's resignation couldn't have come at a worse time for the Eagles as they prepare to tackle premiers Nambour on the Sunshine Coast.

Whiteley said the players were informed at training on Tuesday night and were fully supportive of the new coaching hierarchy.

"We wanted to handle it as quickly as possible so there was less disruption leading up to our game against the reigning premiers," Whiteley said.

Former Moorooka assistant coach Harley will get a baptism of fire against Nambour tomorrow.

The Blues sit undefeated atop the AFLQ Division 3 ladder after demolishing Harley's former club by 195 points last weekend.



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