Stunning resuscitation lands Goodwin top gong

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Melbourne mentor Simon Goodwin's phenomenal resuscitation of the Demons has landed him a prestigious idiosyncratic honour, successful a rewarding infinitesimal little than a week retired from the expansive final.

Goodwin has taken retired the peer-voted AFL Coaches Association manager of the twelvemonth award, polling a tally of 258 and finishing a agelong mode up of Western Bulldogs mentor Luke Beveridge, who placed 2nd with 193 votes.

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After starring Melbourne to a preliminary last berth successful 2018, Goodwin's Demons crashed to a 17th-placed decorativeness successful a fearfulness 2019 campaign, earlier improving to ninth connected the ladder past season.

Twelve months later, the Adelaide Crows large has Melbourne connected the cusp of breaking a 57-year premiership drought, which they volition purpose to bash successful Saturday's expansive last against the Bulldogs.

Melbourne manager Simon Goodwin addressing his charges. (Getty)

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The Demons didn't suffer a crippled until the 10th circular of this play and, with 1 lucifer to play, person 19 wins, 4 losses and a gully to their name.

Captain Max Gawn nailed a acceptable changeable aft the siren astatine Kardinia Park successful the last circular of the regular season to interruption Geelong hearts and clinch Melbourne the insignificant premiership.

Since then, Melbourne person recorded a 33-point qualifying last triumph implicit Brisbane and an 83-point preliminary last triumph implicit Geelong en way to the expansive final.

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Favourite Demons lad connected 'ultimate consolation'

"I'm precise humbled to beryllium voted the AFL Coaches Association manager of the twelvemonth by my peers," Goodwin said.

"Although it's an idiosyncratic accolade, yet it reflects the efforts of our full footy club.

"It's an acknowledgment of the hard enactment and quality of our full shot section and playing list.

"It is the sum of each parts that travel unneurotic to make a beardown shot club, and I surely wouldn't beryllium receiving this grant without the enactment and assistance of everyone who plays a relation astatine the Melbourne shot club."

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