Buckley could earn new Pies deal: McGuire


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    Collingwood president Eddie McGuire insists embattled coach Nathan Buckley could earn an AFL contract extension before season’s end.

    Speculation about Buckley’s future reached fever pitch after the Magpies slumped to their fourth consecutive defeat with a 37-point loss to Essendon on Saturday.

    Buckley admitted the ongoing uncertainty about his position was weighing heavily on his players, describing himself as “pragmatic” about his future.

    Chief executive Gary Pert on Tuesday took the unusual step of addressing the players to inform them Buckley was safe until after round 23, and McGuire also weighed in upon returning from overseas.

    The long-serving powerbroker said Buckley would be judged on the team’s performance over the entire season, noting that other coaches had turned things around after being written off

    “The hysteria this week has been something that has quite shocked me and quite appalled me,” McGuire told Fox Footy on Friday.

    “The chief executive officer went down, spoke to the players and said that there will be no announcement one way or another on Nathan Buckley until the end of Collingwood’s season.

    “That’s all there is to say. The rest of it is just absolute rubbish.

    “”This year, in no particular order, Alastair Clarkson was worn out at Hawthorn, (Sydney’s) John Longmire was gone, (Fremantle’s) Ross Lyon couldn’t coach to save himself, (Port Adelaide’s) Ken Hinkley had overstayed his welcome.

    “What’s going on? It’s absolutely gone mad, this stuff.”

    McGuire brokered the controversial 2009 agreement where Mick Malthouse handed over the senior coaching role to Buckley two years later.

    Collingwood finished fourth in 2012 but their win-loss record has worsened every year since, and they are set to finish outside the top eight for a fourth straight season.

    The Magpies on Saturday face struggling Gold Coast, whose coach Rodney Eade is similarly under siege.

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      July 15th 2017 @ 12:54pm
      Andrew Macdougall said | July 15th 2017 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

      I do believe Bucks will stay on in 2018. There probably isn’t any clear replacement for him, plus I don’t see Eddie and the board making and rash decision without a plan in place.

      • July 16th 2017 @ 12:20am
        Shirtfront said | July 16th 2017 @ 12:20am | ! Report

        I agree and hope he is. I’m behind BUCKS 100%

    • July 15th 2017 @ 1:18pm
      Chris said | July 15th 2017 @ 1:18pm | ! Report

      The Board had a ready made replacement in 2010 named Gavin Brown but he was ignored and ostracised leading him to seek greener pastures at Carltion and North Melbouirne. Perhaps, a Mark Williams whose blood is more black and white than any others could have done or could do the job. There are true Maggies out there who could lead the team with distinction if the recruiters give up their Collingwood six-footers obsession! Key position players are a priority and more intelligent use of draft picks a necessity.

    • July 15th 2017 @ 3:06pm
      sunirmalya symons said | July 15th 2017 @ 3:06pm | ! Report

      repeating the same thing and expecting a different result is the first sign of insanity. It doesn’t look to me like the players want to play for him – Bucks is a ripper but it’s time to rejig

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      July 15th 2017 @ 3:14pm
      steveng said | July 15th 2017 @ 3:14pm | ! Report

      The Chief executive should have not said “That’s all there is to say. The rest of it is just absolute rubbish” to the players he should have said “That’s all there is to say. The rest of it is ALL UP TO YOU, THE PLAYERS” coaches can only do so much and players should take allot of the blame as most at the maggies are not pulling their weight!!!

      • July 16th 2017 @ 2:53pm
        Gecko said | July 16th 2017 @ 2:53pm | ! Report

        Actually coaches can make a big difference. The Bulldogs under Beveridge were a completely different side and the Demons under Roos also made huge progress.

        The Pies’ trajectory under Bucks has been downhill; after 6 years it’s still not clear what the Pies’ system is. The mids still kick too many long bombs to outnumbered forwards. The backline doesn’t rebound and the forward line doesn’t lock the ball in. Bucks is smooth with the media and may be a good analyst but he doesn’t appear to be a good teacher.

    • July 15th 2017 @ 4:17pm
      peter chrisp said | July 15th 2017 @ 4:17pm | ! Report

      Andrew as we have only won 5 games and with 7 rounds to go and if we lose say 5 or more to me that’s a pretty poor effort & i guess with win loss ratio why would you want to keep a coach after 6 years with very little to show on the scoreboard. Obviously there has been so much scrutiny & speculation with so many supporters and footy experts & everyone has their own opinions and that’s fair enough and that will continue until the end of the season. A change is as good as a holiday, i would imagine by now he would know his fate but Eddie has vehemently denied that everything is fine behind closed doors and on the field of play, i am not quite sure my estimation 5-8 years if you can’t get into finals there must be something wrong?

    • July 15th 2017 @ 5:32pm
      Birdman said | July 15th 2017 @ 5:32pm | ! Report

      Eddie’s ego in danger of keeping the Pies in denial for another few seasons.


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