West Coast's bombshell that favourite son and coach John Worsfold has stepped down after 12 seasons shocked even the players yesterday.
Worsfold told chairman Alan Cransberg and chief executive Trevor Nisbett of his decision in the morning before the club called a 4pm news conference.
The 44-year-old premiership coach did not attend but said in a statement he did not have the energy to go on.
"It has been in the back of my mind and I have been convincing myself that at the end of the season there's less intensity, you'll rekindle all the energy, you'll have a break and you'll be up and going again," Worsfold said. "But I just think it's time now."
After their season reviews on Monday and Tuesday, the players went on leave and most found out via text messages.
Star Nic Naitanui aired his disappointment on Twitter about finding out through the media.
Mr Cransberg said it was a sad day. "John has been with us for 24 of our 27 years as a player, a coach and an absolute legend of this club," he said.
Worsfold was captain for the Eagles' 1992 and 94 premierships and coach for the 2006 flag.He leaves after a horror season in which West Coast started as a premiership favourite but finished 13th with just nine wins.