Under fire, Port Adelaide manager Ken Hinkley fumed after a note reading ‘sack Hinkley’ was taped to a sign outside the club’s headquarters in Alberton.
The pressure is mounting on Hinkley, who is in his 10th season at Power and has yet to win a premiership at the helm, with his side currently languishing in 11th place on the ladder.
Although he initially claimed he hadn’t seen the sign and wasn’t worried about it, the 55-year-old then took the start seconds later.
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“I think that’s a very bad thing to do, a very weak thing to do,” he told reporters on Thursday.
“I continue with my day and my week and I will prepare my team as best I can. Every football club has a great passion, but there is a line.”
Despite the external pressure on her role, Hinkley claimed it did not affect her playing group.
“I don’t think it affects us internally,” he said.
“Being a football club that doesn’t earn as much as it should, I don’t think that ever changes. It’s the environment we work in, we all accept that and we all know that when we sign .
“It’s not a problem for us. We come in with a really mature attitude about what we need to do and understand that no matter how long we’re in the game, we’ll please everyone.”
Hinkley said he has yet to have any talks with Port power brokers over his future, citing his contract for next season as the reason talks are not yet needed.
“At the moment we are all on the same page here. There is not the slightest difference in what we are trying to achieve,” he said.
“I put pressure on myself the first year. Is there a deadline for you to stop putting expectations on yourself?
“Once I stop and the team stops having high performance expectations, we should all leave regardless of the situation. I don’t feel like the team, myself or anyone else at the football club feels like that.”
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