Collingwood’s Coach Search Plan: Throw The Net Wide
Collingwood will cast the net wide in his search for a new senior coach to replace Nathan Buckley.
Magpies, who have completed the five-member panel that will identify the next trainer, will consider and poll a variety of candidates in their trainer search. They will examine both experienced senior coaches and assistant coaches within the AFL system with strong credentials.
They are planning to speak to a wide range of candidates before narrowing down the options, according to club sources, rather than targeting one or a small number of coaches.
What Age has reported, the Magpies are expected to ring out former North Melbourne coach and AFL Victoria boss Brad Scott, along with former Adelaide coach Don Pyke, Hawthorn’s assistant and Box Hill (VFL) coach Sam Mitchell. , Richmond’s assistant Adam Kingsley, Melbourne’s assistant Adem Yze, Hawthorn’s assistant Craig McRae and several others.
Sources said they are likely to contact former St Kilda and Fremantle coach Ross Lyon as part of their due diligence process.
The Magpies also plan to use their sports psychologist, Jacqui Louder, to evaluate candidates, if necessary, in what has become standard procedure for clubs conducting extensive coach searches. Louder also works as a sports psychologist for Melbourne Storm.
They have added 2010 Collingwood first player and former St Kilda captain Luke Ball to their panel, which will be led by head of football Graham Wright, supported by CEO Mark Anderson, board member and two-time best and most fair Paul Licuria and board member. Peter Murphy, who conducted the review of the club’s operations in 2017.
While the five-member panel has no one who has been involved in a search and hiring process for coaches, Wright has extensive experience working with successful senior coaches at Alastair Clarkson and Leigh Matthews (whom Wright played with at Collingwood. and worked for the Brisbane Lions), while CEO Anderson was involved in recruiting head coaches in his previous role as CEO of Swimming Australia.