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Sier is immature. With a run of games and the right man management I think he can be very good. At 23, I think he is worth persisting with. I don’t think the Browns have shown as much as Sier did in 2019. During that season, Sier showed he had the physical presence to be a good inside mid.

Pies show development in rumble of the fumble

I don’t think the list is as bad as Les opines. There is a core of youth coming through- Bianco, Randall, Henry, McCrae, Kelly and Poulter. Along with Daicos, Sier, Quaynor, Keane, Cameron and Moore. They have the potential to be a very good side in 2 to 3 years. The bigger question I think is the instability around the board and the football department.

An open letter to Eddie McGuire

Pendles and Sidebottom don’t have the engine anymore to compete with other mids for the whole game. Pendles looked good off the flank I thought. We have some good mids coming through – Rantall, Blanco, Poulter and even Sier is only 23. They needs to get games into them.

Pies show development in rumble of the fumble

But who would pay Grundy’s wages? No club will take him at 900k a year.

Pies show development in rumble of the fumble

Grundy becomes more of a problem the stronger Darcy Cameron becomes. Cameron is looking like a much better contested mark than Grundy and is able to play forward too. We may have another debutante in Bianco this week while Kelly may come in for Roughhead. Bianco looks very well balanced and distributes the ball nicely on both sides of the body. Am hoping we can get some games into Rantall and McCrae. Daicos and Yib are both good prospects for next year. I am not so despondent about the draft or the list as others are but think Collingwood need to grasp the future by giving the kids a run of games.

Pies show development in rumble of the fumble

Robert Harvey was made defensive coach this year I believe? If this is the case, he has made a poor fist of it in recent times with some pretty ordinary match ups in the backline. No doubt this has been compounded by the moving of Moore to the forward line and the loss of Howe. Hard to see Harvey staying next year irrespective of whether Buckley is appointed. I cannot imagine he will be lined up as an interim coach should Buckley go.

Sorry Nathan Buckley, but it's over

I expect WHE to go. Oliver Henry will take his place in the forward line – possibly even this week.

Collingwood's salary cap mystery

Well said. Collingwood need to sort out the board which is clearly divided post -Eddie.

Sorry Nathan Buckley, but it's over

Could trade DeGoey?

"We thought we could be better than we are": Buckley reacts to Pies' latest loss

I would like to see Scot Burns given a go. Has been away from Collingwood and learnt the coaching caper at a number of clubs.

Buckley isn’t the only reason for Collingwood’s demise, but he’s a chief architect

If Buckley stays then his authority will be severely diminished. Wright will be driving the change. I would be happy just to get the games into the kids. I would like to see Henry, Rantall, Poulter and Will Kelly given a run of 5 or 6 games, along with Keane and Sier who are in their early 20s. Sier would know he is auditioning for the future and Collingwood would know exactly where he is at. I think he showed enough in 2019 to suggest he is worth a go before they decide to trade him, etc.

Buckley isn’t the only reason for Collingwood’s demise, but he’s a chief architect

Thanks. I will get a copy. I was just speaking from my experience of having lived in the UK. I note the contrast between Exeter City FC and the Exeter Chiefs. Tony Rowe has been an amazing driver of success at the Chiefs- prudent and supportive. I am not sure the Chiefs model could work in Australia given the control of the states.

The Wrap: Is there such a thing as a quiet week in rugby?

Are there details on the financial structure of this arrangement? The word ‘leveraged’ is used in the article but I don’t think it is used in the financial context? For instance, the Glazers leveraged their buy out of Man United with debt that taken on by Man United. So we have a situation now where the Glazer family is paid millions in dividends despite Man United making a loss of around 50 million dollars. Total debt is around a billion in Australian dollars. We need to see the long term model that is being proposed. English football is a wonderful commercial product but it has come at a cost to the grass roots of the game.

The Wrap: Is there such a thing as a quiet week in rugby?

I am still in shock after our performance on Saturday. The fact that journalists could be so easily brushed aside after that defeat says something about the quality of sports journalism in Australia.

Six talking points from AFL Round 7

Yes. I would. DeGoey is a very good footballer but he is not the answer for us.

The AFL media needs to change the narrative on Brodie Grundy

I think either DeGoey or Sidebottom may be traded. If North bid on Nick Daicos then Collingwood have to find 2400 draft points. At the moment, I think they have 1500. That may mean trading future draft picks or players?? (Assuming my maths is correct?)

The AFL media needs to change the narrative on Brodie Grundy

Do you think Buckley was responsible for the draft debacle or for giving Grundy a 7 year contract? A football club and a football department is more than just a head coach. I would like to see a new coach but I would be happy if new assistant coaches were brought in. But agree that Collingwood can not sit on its hands form the rest of the season.

"We thought we could be better than we are": Buckley reacts to Pies' latest loss

Merrett unlikely. Sam Weidemann out of contract at the end of year and Melbourne have shown their preference for Brown despite Weidemann starring in the VFL. He seems highly gettable given his background.

"We thought we could be better than we are": Buckley reacts to Pies' latest loss

Moore definitely to CHB. I think the forward problem revolves around the smaller forwards. I thought we were hopeless at ground level with the exception of the second quarter where we couldnt convert.

"We thought we could be better than we are": Buckley reacts to Pies' latest loss

Yes I know. I was responding to the previous comment which I thought was unfair on the players mentioned – except DeGoey.

"We thought we could be better than we are": Buckley reacts to Pies' latest loss

It’s not just about Buckley (though I would prefer him to go).

"We thought we could be better than we are": Buckley reacts to Pies' latest loss

Sier is only 23. I agree with Wright when he says we need some stability on the field. I would give Sier a run of games and give him the opportunity to build confidence. Pendles to half back; Sidebottom to the forward line as he is a good reader and can kick a goal or two. Josh Thomas was good at centre bounces but looks lost in general play. I think Maynard is a good option.

"We thought we could be better than we are": Buckley reacts to Pies' latest loss

Howe is injured and is a fantastic defender. I think placing Moore in that group is very unfair; Pendles and Sidebottom worked very hard yesterday but their confidence seems shot. DeGoey is plainly overrated – in part the football department’s fault. He needs to be given a reality check and made to earn his spot in the team.

"We thought we could be better than we are": Buckley reacts to Pies' latest loss

Don’t think the players want change. They are a close knit group. But more to the point they need change. And this could come relatively quickly of they change the structure around Buckley. It’s not all about Buckley. Bringing in Wright was a very smart move. This needs to be followed with other personnel on the coaching staff, like Solomon or even a Mick McGuane. They need fresh ideas (and a dissenting voice). The last thing they should do is sit on their hands and wait for 2022 to come around.

"We thought we could be better than we are": Buckley reacts to Pies' latest loss

You would hope so. I don’t see the point of persisting with Mayne – who is a courageous player – when Rantall and Henry are the future. I am surprised Henry didn’t play given our forward structure. We are crying for small(er) forwards to complement Cameron and Moore. But then again leaving Moore idle in the forward line seems like a waste when our defence is falling apart. Keane would benefit from playing with Moore in the backline. Whether Buckley stays or not, I just want to see the emphasis on the future. Personally, I think he needs to go. The players need a re-set. Daicos was good in the midfield but Collingwood looked slow. A new coach would use Pendles and Sidebottom in a different way.

"We thought we could be better than we are": Buckley reacts to Pies' latest loss