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Sydney coach Longmire slams football department critics

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire has labelled suggestions AFL gameplay will improve because of forced cuts to football departments as “naive”.

The competition’s 18 clubs have been told to cap staff numbers at 24 as the AFL reels from the financial implications of the COVID-19 shutdown.

All teams will be required to have a doctor, player development manager and psychologist as part of their set-up.

Clubs stood down the majority of their staff when football was suspended in March, and the reduced numbers could become permanent.

Several ex-players, including Essendon goal-kicking great Matthew Lloyd, believe the AFL has become overly defensive and less coaches could allow for a more attacking product.

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