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Former Melbourne CEO Peter Jackson has revealed there was virtually no doubt Simon Goodwin would be appointed senior coach after a standout job interview in 2014.

Goodwin was appointed Paul Roos’ successor that year before eventually taking over from Roos at the end of 2016.

Speaking on the The DeeBrief podcast, Jackson provided an insight into a job interview from Goodwin that all-but sealed his claims on the top job.

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“I’ve listened to a quite a few coach presentations over the journey and a lot of them talk about the technicalities of the game and they’ll give you their opinion on your list of valuation and what has to change and they’ll show you really sexy videos of what can work and game plans and all this and they’ve got terrific technical knowledge of the game, but we weren’t looking for someone with technical knowledge of the game,” he said.

“We were looking for someone who could build relationships and maintain relationships with the players and get the best out of those players, a leadership role.

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“A few walked in and did the did the other type of presentation. Goody walked in and there was Todd Viney, Roosy, Josh (Mahoney) and myself listening to these presentations. Simon walked in - we knew a bit about him but not much - and he started talking.

“To be honest, the language he used and the approach he sold was exactly the approach I had when I walked in 2013, it was exactly the way I knew Paul Roos operated, it was just the same approach.”

Jackson said the panel was also left impressed by Goodwin’s willingness to address off-field problems that had dogged him for parts of his playing and post-playing career.

“He also was very transparent about himself upfront because he lost his way a couple of times which he was prepared to talk about so he didn’t try and hide anything, he was open and transparent, which I think shows good character,” Jackson said.

“So there’s just an instinct, the language in the presentation he was using fitted like hand in glove for what we were looking for.

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“When he left the room, we all just looked at each other and said, ‘Well, I think he’s the one isn’t he?’, and it was unanimous.

“He went through the process of a presentation to the board because it was a senior appointment, but it was all pretty much done before that.”

Jackson retired from full-time employment at the end of 2018 and has since watched the Dees from afar.

Heading into 2021, Goodwin was arguably the most under-pressure coach in the AFL, with many predicting he would be sacked by the club if it was to underperform to start the season,

Such a possibility was baffling to Jackson.

“I started hearing some rumours through the media and I thought ‘what the f**k is going on?’, because I spent a lot of time talking to board members and other people about don’t worry about things,” he said.

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“Geelong nearly imploded in 2006, they won a premiership in 2007. Richmond that nearly sacked Damien Hardwick, they didn’t. At Hawthorn, Alastair Clarkson was a joke ... I understand the emotion of supporters, but if that emotion finds its way into the boardroom, then a club gets into trouble.”

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