Whittlesea coach Blair Harvey and captain Riley Dyson celebrate the Eagles’ 2019 NFNL division two premiership.

WHITTLESEA Football Netball Club has sacked senior football coach Blair Harvey.

Harvey joined the Eagles prior to the 2019 Northern Football Netball League season, leading the club to a division two premiership.

The team was subsequently promoted to division one, but its 2020 campaign was scuppered by the COVID-19 pandemic, which also caused the league to call off the end of the 2021 season.

This year the Eagles sit at the bottom of the division one ladder with a 2-6 record, but have dealt with player injury, illness and unavailability.

Blake Watson, Zach Molloy and Cam Wild have all missed most of the season with VFL commitments, while star recruit and assistant coach Jarrad Waite, a former Carlton and North Melbourne AFL player, has been limited to just two games through injury.

Whittlesea had an impressive eight-point upset win against West Preston-Lakeside in round two and bested Macleod by seven points in round six, but also had heavy defeats of 142 points at the hands of ladder leader Heidelberg, 70 points to Bundoora and most recently 157 points to Montmorency.

Whittlesea confirmed Harvey’s sacking in a statement on social media on Friday.

“The Whittlesea Football Netball Club would like to advise that Blair Harvey is no longer the senior coach of the club,” the statement read.

“The WFNC sincerely thanks Blair for his contribution and commitment to the club since 2019. The WFNC wishes Blair, Brooke and the kids all the best for the future.

“Whilst this has been a challenging week for the club, we now get back to the footy and focus on the big weekend ahead.”

Senior assistant coach Matt Glenn resigned from his position after Harvey’s sacking. The Eagles’ senior coaching panel will now comprise Jimmy Robinson, Waite and Luke Russell.

Harvey, the cousin of former North Melbourne great Brent Harvey, was one of the most decorated players in Northern Football Netball League history, having captained Heidelberg to five premierships and winning another at North Heidelberg.

Neither Harvey nor Whittlesea club officials have responded to the Review’s requests for comment.

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