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Former Essendon skipper and Melbourne coach Neale Daniher spent six seasons as West Coast's general manager, before being forced to retire due to ill-health.

Playing career[]

Hailing from Ungarie in rural New South Wales, Daniher joined older brother Terry at Essendon in 1978, where they would later be joined by younger brothers Anthony and Chris. Neale won the Bombers' best and fairest in 1981 and was named captain in 1982 but failed to play a game that year (or the next two years, for that matter) due to injury. He retired in 1990 after having managed just 82 senior games in 13 seasons.

Coaching career[]

After serving a coaching apprenticeship at Fremantle, Daniher was appointed coach of Melbourne ahead of the 1998 season. In his third season he led the Demons to the Grand Final, where they were soundly beaten by his old club Essendon. Daniher stood down midway through 2007 having coached the Dees in 223 games.

After his coaching career ended, Daniher joined West Coast as their general manager of football, a role he held from 2008 to 2013. He stood down for health reasons in September 2013, revealing the following year that he had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Daniher is currently a prominent campaigner for research into MND, spearheading the "Big Freeze" initiative that sees football personalities slide into frozen water at Melbourne's annual Queens Birthday clash against Collingwood. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2016 for his services to community health.