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Collingwood’s coach hunt plan: cast the net wide

Collingwood will cast the net wide in their search for a new senior coach to replace Nathan Buckley.

The Magpies, who have finalised the five-member panel that will identify the next coach, will consider and sound out a variety of candidates in their coach hunt. They will look at both experienced senior coaches and assistant coaches within the AFL system with strong credentials.

Sam Mitchell is among those being mentioned for the Collingwood coaching job.

Sam Mitchell is among those being mentioned for the Collingwood coaching job.Credit:Getty Images

They are planning to talk to a wide range of candidates before narrowing the options, according to club sources, rather than targeting one or a small number of coaches.

As The Age has reported, the Magpies are expected to sound out ex-North Melbourne coach and AFL Victoria boss Brad Scott, along with ex-Adelaide coach Don Pyke, Hawthorn assistant and Box Hill (VFL) coach Sam Mitchell, Richmond assistant Adam Kingsley, Melbourne assistant Adem Yze, Hawthorn assistant Craig McRae and a number of others.

Sources said they are likely to contact ex-St Kilda and Fremantle coach Ross Lyon as part of their process, as a matter of due diligence.

The Magpies also plan to use their sports psychologist, Jacqui Louder, in assessing the candidates, if necessary, in what has become a standard procedure for clubs who do thorough coach searches. Louder also works as sports psychologist for the Melbourne Storm.

Don Pyke.

Don Pyke.Credit:Getty Images

They have added Collingwood 2010 premiership player and ex-St Kilda captain Luke Ball to their panel, which will be driven by football boss Graham Wright, supported by chief executive Mark Anderson, board member and two-time best and fairest Paul Licuria and board member Peter Murphy, who conducted the review of club operations in 2017.

While the five-member panel does not have anyone who has been involved in a coach search and hiring process, Wright is highly experienced in working with successful senior coaches in Alastair Clarkson and Leigh Matthews (who Wright played under at Collingwood and worked with at the Brisbane Lions), while CEO Anderson was involved in the hiring of head coaches in his previous role as CEO of Swimming Australia.

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