Pendlebury backs Bucks for new deal



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    Collingwood AFL captain Scott Pendlebury wants coach Nathan Buckley re-signed on a multi-year deal, adamant he is the right man for the job.

    The injured star midfielder added that the club’s guarantee last month, that Buckley was safe until the end of the season, meant the players were no longer playing in fear.

    Since that July 10 guarantee, Collingwood have won three games and drawn the other.

    Magpies players routinely have backed Buckley this year as speculation rages about his future, but Pendlebury’s comments on a club podcast are particularly strong.

    Buckley is out of contract at the end of the season.

    While the Magpies are set to miss the finals for the fourth year in a row during Buckley’s reign, Pendlebury wants him retained.

    “There’s no doubt in my mind he’s the right person to coach this club, not just next year, but for a couple of years,” he told the Jock and Journo podcast.

    “He is coaching really well. He has stayed strong in his beliefs on footy.

    “Our performances all year have been strong apart from a three-week block after the bye.”

    Pendlebury said until the club confirmed Buckley was safe until the end of this campaign, the pressure affected the players.

    “It just felt like every week, even earlier in the year, if we lose a game, ‘what’s going to happen?'” Pendlebury said.

    “Even if we win a game, it wasn’t even a win. It was a relief that we weren’t going to hear about our coach being potentially fired.

    “When the club came out and said ‘he has got until the end of the year’, as it was always thought, the pressure is off. We are not playing in fear every week.

    “It took the pressure off the playing group that you weren’t going to lose the coach if you lost a game of footy.”

    Football manager Geoff Walsh is conducting a review of their football department operations.

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    • August 11th 2017 @ 8:18am
      Bretto said | August 11th 2017 @ 8:18am | ! Report

      The Collingwood plan seems to be along the lines of the infinite monkey theorem – A monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare. Allow Buckley to coach forever and surely we’ll win a premiership.

      • August 11th 2017 @ 12:19pm
        Chris said | August 11th 2017 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

        I don’t think that this is the right approach. He has to be given only a year-long extension and nothing else. He has to grow up and show himself to be worth his mettle on the big screen and in the coach’s box. I hope he steps up and ignores the media focused glitter that his buddy is so entwined in. I want a no-nonsense brief succinct and articulate coach who says…we did well and congratulations to our opponents for putting up a good fight OR we fought it out but we weren’t good enough. We’ll have to go back to the drawing board and revise our plans. That is it!!!! We can’t have all our plans strategies training and theories on public display for every opposition coach to dissect. JUST SHUT UP BOYS AND DO YOUR JOBS PROPERLY: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS???

    • August 12th 2017 @ 10:44am
      Mickyo said | August 12th 2017 @ 10:44am | ! Report

      If Buckley is there watch membership head south again as well as attendance where members don’t bother at a sparse ponsford stand

    • August 13th 2017 @ 9:20pm
      slugger said | August 13th 2017 @ 9:20pm | ! Report

      Rubbish coach

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