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McDowell ponders future

Inverleigh coach Mark McDowell. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

MARK McDowell will “let the dust settle” on his departure from Inverleigh before deciding his next move.

The Hawks confirmed on Monday night it had parted company with McDowell after five years as coach of the club.

McDowell confirmed he’d had informal talks with North Shore about a role under Sam Darley, but they hadn’t progressed any further.

“I need to take it all in now and get over the last few weeks and see how I feel, see whether I’ve got the energy and whether I’ve got the real passion and commitment to do it again,” he said.

“That’s the question, and I can’t really answer that right now.

“At the moment, I feel like I need a rest.”

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McDowell was open to continuing into a sixth season, he says but talks with Inverleigh’s executive never got that far,

“We discussed it, and the club wanted to change,” he said.

“I understand that they want a fresh voice in there after five years, so I accepted that and stood down.

“I was open to going on, but you need to discuss whether the club and myself are on the same page as well.

“The club was wanting to change, so that stopped some of that discussion anyway.

After taking over the Inverleigh job just weeks after they narrowly avoided the 2013 wooden spoon, McDowell turned the club into a perennial contender, with three preliminary final exits the Hawks’ worst performance during his tenure.

“I never got the cherry on top of the cake, which is what I was really striving for,” he said.

“I guess, if you look back over the five years, when Billy (Nicholls) and I first went there, the club had played Belmont for the wooden spoon, and they just got over Belmont in that game and finished 11th

“We were pretty gobsmacked of getting them to the prelim, which we knew we’d really over-performed that year; it was a really young group.

“Then to go on and play in two more prelims and two grand finals, I’m pretty happy with that.”

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