Collingwood has handed under-fire coach Nathan Buckley a new two-year contract despite again failing to reach the AFL finals.
Buckley has been Collingwood mentor since 2012, but the Magpies have not made the AFL top eight since 2013.
Buckley’s coaching record
- Games coached: 136
- Wins: 70
- Losses: 65
- Draws: 1
- Win ratio: 51.47%
“I’m rapt to be supported in the role. I woke up this morning to the news and I was suitably humbled and a little bit nervous, to be honest. I’ve always had a really strong understanding of what’s going to happen and how it needs to be,” Buckley told the media.
“The facts are we’ve got some work to do and I’m rapt at … the recommendations from the review that was run through the club by [head of football] Geoff Walsh and [interim chief executive] Peter Murphy.
“There are risks with any decision you make, but I would hope that the information that was gleaned and the thoroughness of the review was such that I’m glad that I’ve been supported to continue my tenure and continue the work we’ve put in place the last couple of years.”
The 2017 season has seen Collingwood finish 13th, a full 10 points outside the top eight. The previous three seasons saw Collingwood finish 12th, 12th and 11th respectively.
Collingwood won just nine matches this season.
Club president Eddie McGuire said he has “never felt more buoyant” about the…
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