Paul Roos: The Coach

Paul Roos is a legend of modern Australian Rules.  On the field he was all class, 356 games for Fitzroy and Sydney, in the 80s he ushered in a new style of attacking play from defence and became on one of the league’s best players through his 17 season career that spanned from 1982-1997. He was named in the All-Australian team no less than 7 times, and was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame as a player in 2005.  But that wasn’t the end of footy for Roosy. He moved into assistant coaching at Sydney before taking on the head coach role in 2002, turning the Swans into a perennial power and breaking a 72 year drought by coaching the formerly South Melbourne and now Sydney club to a premiership in 2005.  Finishing in 2010 he was then lured out of retirement to mastermind the rebuilding of the Melbourne Football Club taking them from the bottom of the AFL ladder, before handing over a finals ready team to his groomed successor 3 seasons later. But what is lesser known of Roos is his effect on football in the United States. A twist of fate on an end of season trip led to the USA becoming a second home and subsequently made him perhaps the highest profile advocate for the Australia-US footy connection. US Revolution features Mason Cox, Shannon Gill and American broadcaster Ed Wyatt in an exploration of Australian Rules Football's US connections. The 8-part series will feature additional interviews with Jason Holmes and former ESPN broadcaster Bob Ley.  The Greatest Season That Was is produced by Jay Mueller and is part of the Bad Producer Podcast Network.  Support the show: See for privacy information.

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