If A-League clubs were AFL coaches

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Today, we are swapping codes and delving deep into the personalities of each A-League club.

Ever wondered which AFL coach an A-League team comes across as? Never fear, we have the answer coming right up.

Adelaide United: Chris Scott

A strong man for a strong club, Scott is well known for his ability to balance aggression and performance as a coach, a key aspect of Adelaide’s season to date.

We feel like Carl Veart and Scott are on very similar wavelengths too.

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Brisbane Roar: Chris Fagan

No, it’s not just because Fagan lives across town and is the coach of the Brisbane Lions. The Roar have slowly emerged out of the pack this year to become major contenders, exactly like Fagan has done in his role.

Fagan did not get much credit coaching wise in his first two years but has quickly risen the ranks since, to be regarded as one of the premier coaches in the AFL.

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Central Coast Mariners: Ken Hinkley

The Mariners rise this season mirrors that of Port Adelaide’s in the AFL just last year, when not much was expected, as Hinkley guided them further up the ladder than many thought they could go.

He has also got the relaxed, casual banter that seems to flow in Gosford.

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Macarthur FC: David Noble

The only first year AFL coach, Noble makes perfect sense for the only first year A-League team.

Both are looking like they are doing a decent job, certainly Macathur more than Noble, but there is work to be done on both fronts to prove they belong there.

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Melbourne City FC: Luke Beveridge

Beveridge is the Rolls Royce of the AFL coaches this year, credited for getting his Western Bulldogs off to a flying start. Put simply, he is a super cool dude, and, well, Melbourne City is a super cool club.

Match made in heaven.

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Melbourne Victory: Nathan Buckley

No AFL coach suits the Victory more than Buckley. The Pies coach in Aussie Rules has been seriously under the pump this year.

He has got a famous history, well known around the AFL world, but can not seem to buy a break at the moment, much like Victory.

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Newcastle Jets: Justin Longmuir

A bit of an obscure club, not playing their best football this season and not getting a whole lot of recognition in the media. Sounds a lot like Fremantle’s Longmuir.

The Melbourne central AFL does not give Longmuir a whole lot of credit, or attention, out in Perth, and unfortunately these two share that in common.

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Perth Glory: Matthew Nicks

Perth certainly are not the biggest club, but have a tendency to get on a roll and take the A-League community with them.

Nicks has similar traits with his team Adelaide. He is certainly not the most well-known coach, but when he gets on a roll, everyone knows his name and story.

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Sydney FC: Damien Hardwick

The easiest decision on this list by a country mile.

Hardwick and Sydney’s personality traits line up to a tee. Strong willed, hungry, successful, everyone’s a little jealous of them. Clear for all to see, ‘Dimma’ and Sydney FC should get together for a coffee date.

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Wellington Phoenix: Stuart Dew

Okay, this one is partially based off Dew’s team the Gold Coast Suns as well, but from their insignificance comes Dew’s.

Do not get us wrong, Dew tries hard and has a go in the media, which makes him walk a little taller than some, but like Phoenix – especially in Australia – they do not have a whole lot going for them most of the time.

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Western Sydney Wanderers: Adam Simpson

The Wanderers are fast becoming your run of the mill average team, and that is a bit what Adam Simpson is like in bloke terms.

Fantastic guy, everyone likes him, but does not necessarily have a trait or aspect of his personality that stands out, much like the Wanderers at the moment.

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Western United: Alistair Clarkson

Maybe it’s Besart Berisha, or maybe it’s Mark Rudan. Probably a combination of both, but we get some serious angry vibes from Western. And there is no angrier coach in the AFL than Clarkson, who has been in hot water from smashing a hole in the wall and grabbing a fan around the neck.

Maybe the Western and Hawthorn anger management teams could both go out for coffees and learn a few different strategies together.

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Feature image credit: Melbourne City FC

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