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Peel to seek experienced coach to replace axed Williams
Trevor Williams. Pic: Michael Wilson/WA News

Peel president John Ditchburn believes the club's excellent facilities and strong financial position will allow it to replace the sacked Trevor Williams with a highly- experienced senior coach.

Williams was sacked yesterday as the Peel board reacted to capitulations to East Fremantle and Swan Districts in the past two weeks.

The high-water mark of away victories against top teams Claremont and Swan Districts merely emphasised Peel's inability to perform with any consistency.

"I feel for Trevor because he is not totally to blame but we have not been up to scratch," Ditchburn said.

"We have done a full cycle with our coaches but one thing that we have always done is have first-year coaches.

"This is an opportunity for us to try to get someone who is an experienced senior coach and try to break the cycle that we have been in for most of our history."

Assistant coach Mark Moody will be caretaker for the rest of the season.

Williams' position has been in doubt for the past month and he survived a split vote of the Peel board only when Ditchburn used his casting vote to retain him.

Peel's response was to upset Claremont but massive losses to East Fremantle and Swan Districts since then sealed Williams' fate.

"Wins like Claremont should give you some momentum but instead we went the other way," Williams said.

"That makes you question the attitude of the players, though I take responsibility for their performance and I've paid the price for it."

Peel are last on the ladder with two wins and are on course for their eighth wooden spoon and a WAFL record 16 consecutive years without finals.

Williams, who coached Peel to colts premierships in 2004 and 2005, had 10 wins in 51 league matches after being appointed in 2009.

He was disappointed that he could not make a presentation to the board yesterday but accepted that his fate was tied to his team's.

Williams will be paid out for the rest of the season but will now consider an offer to become a senior assistant at another WAFL club.

"I will let the dust settle but my whole background has been in development and I am interested in staying in football," Williams said.

Williams recognised that he was the victim of his inability to make Peel competitive.

"I thought with our player base that we would be better this year but a combination of under-performing players, overrated players and players who have not reached a level of development we thought they would has culminated in inconsistent performances," he said.

Williams was not able to identify a path for Peel to improve.

"They have had eight coaches and all of them have been sacked or walked away," he said.

"Something is not quite right and maybe we should be looking a bit deeper than the coach."

Ditchburn said Peel's training arrangements, with separate groups in Perth, Mandurah and Bunbury, may have to be addressed.