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Roos acted on what they could see, but will the Blues?

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The game was changed forever during the 1970 VFL grand final, or so the legend goes. Down by 44 points at half-time, Blues coach Ron Barassi instructed his players to handball like they had never handballed before. A famous victory ensued, and our great game was never the same.

Nothing stays the same for very long these days, and football is no different. Usually, it's not until some time after the fact that we realise just how significant a moment can be in shaping a new future.

Ron Barassi celebrates Carlton's comeback victory in the 1970 grand final.Credit:The Age

But there are other times when we notice it happening in real time. In the past couple of weeks, I've begun to wonder if we are witnessing the death of footy's "due diligence".

Football is as vulnerable to middle management jargon talk as any industry, I suspect, but I reserve a special kind of shiver when I hear clubs talk of "doing their due diligence" in the search for a new coach. On some occasions, I have thought to myself, does this person know that it's two words and not "duediligence"?

This week I thought I would do some duediligence myself, and look it up using an online dictionary to get a more specific........

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