Whichever way you see it, it's hard to predict what will happen as it is unprecedented in the AFL. It may a wonderful move, it might not work. We'll have to wait and see.
My comment on the director of coaching role being a peripheral role is based on what Paul Roos said about Malthouse needing to give Buckley space, rather than watching over his shoulder 24/7. Sure, what Roos says isn't sacred, but I think this comment holds a fair bit of weight. It'll be interesting to observe it all unfold.
I believe it's an ACL requirement to have the competitors for the ACL decided by the end of the year before, which is for the ACL draw. All clubs who'll compete in the 2011 ACL, initially qualified in 2010.
Interesting to see Korean club Pohang Steelers have signed Aussie Erik Paartalu on a short-term deal for the ACL.