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Damien McMahon. Picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian.
Damien McMahon. Picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian.

Damien McMahon has a contract to coach Perth next season but it may not be enough to protect him from a stinging review of the struggling club's entire football operations.

With up to three other clubs seeking a new coach for next year, the Demons intend to start a comprehensive overhaul of their football department as soon as they conclude a disappointing season in which they have failed to play finals for the 15th consecutive time and could still secure the wooden spoon.

And the review will foreshadow a strong bid to retain captain Ross Young, the 2009 Sandover medallist, whose contract expires this year.

Young is expected to field attractive offers from several other clubs that could make him the league's highest-paid player.

Although chief executive Marty Atkins said it was simplistic to blame the coach for poor performances, and the club's experienced players had to bear much of the burden for their appalling record and mediocre playing culture, he said no individual was guaranteed to survive the review.

"By the grand final we will know all of our coaches in place," Atkins said.

A damning critique of McMahon has come from several other senior opponents who claim that they no longer fear being outcoached when-ever their team plays Perth.

But Perth's terrible run with injuries would be taken into account when the club assessed McMahon's performance during two years in the job.

While Perth raised expectations this season by recruiting All-Australian Leon Davis, Sydney premiership player Paul Bevan and Swan Districts flag-winner Llane Spaanderman, they have been cruelled by the extended absences of other senior players Andrew McDougall, Jarrod Kayler-Thomson and Scott Siekierka.

"It is quite clear that if we had all our players on the paddock and this was the result we would have to seriously have a look at all areas," Atkins said.

"You can always blame the coach but sometimes you have to look at the player group as well."

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