Scott Burns will coach Adelaide Crows

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    Scott Burns will return home and coach the disappointment of the year, the Adelaide Crows.

    As Neil Craig departs Football Park and club great and premiership captain Mark Bickley takes the reins for the remaining rounds, Scott Burns will hit the spotlight as a strong contender for the senior coaching position.

    A friend asked me last night, “Why would you want to coach Adelaide?” The answer: it is a great opportunity where it can make or break a career – it is a chance to enter the inner sanctum and rebuild a team.

    It is a prospect that may be enticing for a smart, young and talented former AFL player and Collingwood captain.

    Bookmakers have marked Burns as third favourite already; former great sons of the club Mark Riccuito and Chris McDermott have mentioned his name in the public arena, also.

    Burns played 264 AFL games in the black and white, which saw him lead the club for one year post-Nathan Buckley. After hanging up the boots, Burns was signed by West Coast as an assistant/midfield coach.

    Burns has learnt from the best; he was coached and mentored by premiership coaches Leigh Matthews and in more recent years Mick Malthouse. Malthouse remarked that Burns left a footprint on the Collingwood Football Club; one of hardness and fairness.

    Burns has played a significant role (of which he has been endorsed) at the Eagles under John Worsfold and alongside former key Eagles forward Peter Sumich.

    Burns has the finals ahead of him with West Coast and then I believe he will take hold of the Crows and start the renovation – key project number one, trade Kurt Tippet. Worsfold has come out and stated that he would support Burns if he is to throw his hat into the ring.

    Like Craig, Burns will bring a tough and disciplined approach to the Crows and provide strong and effective leadership. Eddie McGuire has been quoted as saying that Burns was one of the clubs greatest ever players and one of their best leaders.

    Burns was well sought after once he had retired and I believe the Crows will be dialling his number very, very shortly.

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    • Columnist

      July 27th 2011 @ 11:52am
      Alfred Chan said | July 27th 2011 @ 11:52am | ! Report

      Burns has the credentials moreso than Goodwin but no one has mentioned the Buckley factor. We cannot ignore that the two are very close friends and Buckley is certain to ask Burns to work with him. From what Burns has said, he also has no interest in leaving West Coast because he and Wosfold get a long very well.

      The current senior assistants at Collingwood and West Coast are Mark Neeld and Peter Sumich respectively. Sumich is West Coast through and through and will not leave unless offered a senior position, but having missed out so many times, I get the feeling he just might not cut it as a senior coach. Neeld has served under Malthouse, pretty much since forever. He was there when the Pies stunk and he will be there if the Pies win the flag this year.

      With Malthouse leaving, what reason does Buckley have to keep Mark Neeld as his senior assistant? If he chooses to offer the position to Scott Burns, it’s still a huge promotion for Burns while getting the chance to work with one of his best mates.

      That leaves Mark Neeld without a job, better credentials than Scot Burns and a man who I suspect isn’t the biggest fan of Buckley and the succession plan.

      Sportsbet offered $51 for Mark Neeld to coach the Crows next year. I couldn’t resist a sneaky $5.

      • Roar Pro

        July 27th 2011 @ 12:33pm
        camcallsthegame said | July 27th 2011 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

        You make a good point re Mark Neeld. Adelaide do have a very good bunch to analyse over. Should we believe when a former player, commentator or assistant coach says that he isn’t interested? Have we not seen this before ala Jimmy Hirt and Vossy, oh and Bomber?

        Good luck with your wager also.

        • Columnist

          July 27th 2011 @ 1:16pm
          Alfred Chan said | July 27th 2011 @ 1:16pm | ! Report

          Just checked the current market. Mark Neeld into $17! Gamble responsibly.

    • Roar Guru

      July 27th 2011 @ 12:19pm
      Damo said | July 27th 2011 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

      Trade Tippett?! Your kidding. I could get behind everything else u said but that. Why any club would trade a big key forward about to hit his peak is beyond me

      • July 27th 2011 @ 12:34pm
        Ian Whitchurch said | July 27th 2011 @ 12:34pm | ! Report


        Because you can think you can clear cap space and get two good players and a high draft pick for him ? Personally, I wouldnt do it, but I can see why you would. Carlton definitely improved after trading Fev.

        • Roar Pro

          July 27th 2011 @ 1:01pm
          camcallsthegame said | July 27th 2011 @ 1:01pm | ! Report

          Ian, as I remarked to Damo’s response, KT is a very good forward but he doesn’t want to be there…he hasn’t stepped up, he has indicated he wants out and should’ve left to GC earlier.

          Big decisions need to be made from whoever comes in as coach.

      • Roar Pro

        July 27th 2011 @ 12:58pm
        camcallsthegame said | July 27th 2011 @ 12:58pm | ! Report

        Tippet should have left for the Gold Coast and Adelaide should have bought his plane ticket. The Crows chased and spent way too much on him and then went and changed their game plan which hasn’t worked this year.

        Also, look at the way he is playing, he is over it and has indicated that he shouldve made the move. I really rate him but hard calls have to be made.

    • July 27th 2011 @ 5:01pm
      TW said | July 27th 2011 @ 5:01pm | ! Report

      Local speculation in Perth is the Eagles are not sure Scott Burns wants to leave at the moment. – But will he be approached anyhow.
      According to the Adelaide footy media Guru M.R. the Crows will likely go for an experienced coach however against that the trend now is for young coaches.

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