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Buckley re-signs for two years

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2014 preview: Collingwood

Are the Magpies moving up in 2014? Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall preview Collingwood ahead of their AFL season campaign.

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Collingwood has re-signed its coach Nathan Buckley for a further two years.

Magpies president Eddie McGuire told the club's season launch on Monday night that the board had approved the extension to Buckley's contract, tying him to the club until the end of 2016.

The contract extension gave Collingwood three clean years without distraction and validated the transformation of the club under Buckley, McGuire said.

“The secrets of success are continuity and drive and this decision is not only a show of faith in Nathan but a demonstration of our commitment to having both,” McGuire said.

McGuire laughed off the question about his interest in taking over the role of AFL CEO.

"Why would I take a demotion from being president of Collingwood?" he said. "We want the best-possible candidate available, but they'd need to be pretty good to knock off Gillon McLachlan."

Settled: Nathan Buckley says it’s a privilege to coach Collingwood.

Settled: Nathan Buckley says it’s a privilege to coach Collingwood. Photo: Getty Images

Buckley said he was pleased his immediate future was settled.

“I'm honoured by the faith shown in me by the board. It's a privilege to coach Collingwood,” Buckley said.

“But I don't lead alone. Our football department is full of quality people. That is staff, coaches and players."

Chief executive Gary Pert said Buckley was driven and hungry for success.

"Nathan is passionate about building a period of sustainable success on the field. He's first-rate in that sense," Pert said.

The 41-year-old has coached Collingwood in 48 games for 31 wins and 17 losses and in four finals since controversially taking over from premiership coach Mick Malthouse in 2012 after two years as his assistant.

The Magpies are also closer to confirming other re-signings.

Ben Reid – a free agent at the end of this season – has been offered a four-year deal and Alex Fasolo has agreed to terms for a new two-year contract, while Dane Swan has already committed to another two years.

The club is also in negotiations on new contracts for Steele Sidebottom and ruck Brodie Grundy.

8 comments so far

  • Buckley- Great at handling the media but poor coach. Sick of reading about the Buckley era and the Buckley transformation. It will all come to nothing as the man can't coach. Eddie's vision not so good - now throwing good money after bad. How many other clubs have to have a Facebook page imploring their fans to get behind their coach? "Let's Back Bucks!" All the support comments made by the deluded will not make any difference. The die is cast and the Pies will continue their fall down the ladder.

    No Piez
    Date and time
    March 04, 2014, 8:37AM
    • 65% winning strike rate. Higher than Michael Malthouse. Thanks.

      Date and time
      March 04, 2014, 9:46AM
    • Dan B
      Buckley has taken a winning team and turned them into a team of losers. No personality. Mr Wooden will make his team the wooden spooners if he stays long enough.

      Date and time
      March 04, 2014, 10:09AM
    • DanB, Of course he has a higher strike rate.
      Lets see how big his strike rate is after 30 years coaching. And how many premierships.

      Comparing Buckley to Malthouse...... please!!

      Date and time
      March 04, 2014, 10:21AM
    • Malthouse came to West Coast after we finished with 7 wins & 15 losses in 1989. We were soft as butter & had players playing at half throttle.

      Malthouse turned players like Tony Evans, Don Pyke, Craig Turley, Dwayne Lamb, David Hart etc into solid premiership players. Overall the club has never looked back. Malthouse took over when the Eagles were no threat. They were in dreamland in reality. His legacy still has an effect down there. And the members still hold a soft spot for him and probably always will, except when we are playing Carlton obviously.

      Damien Drum could have had a 65% winning ratio after coaching a few years at Collingwood. Buckley is not even in Malthouse's league. And I reckon Eddy will resign before he has to sack Buckley. He would not be able to do it.

      Date and time
      March 04, 2014, 1:11PM
  • Pert said Buckley was "driven and hungry for success". What coach isn't?

    Date and time
    March 04, 2014, 12:53PM
    • The Woodn'ts have Buckley's Chance of winnining the premiership. The Woodn'ts won't make the 8 and Buckley will be sacked at the end of the 2014 season. His contract for 2015 & 2016 will be paid out and the new replacement coach will be Mark Neeld! Scott Watters will be his assistant!

      Basil Fawlty
      Fawlty Towers
      Date and time
      March 04, 2014, 3:10PM
      • The Buckley appointment continues to create division amongst Magpie fans - some love him others reckon he is guiding the club ever downwards. This, of course, is hardly the point. Buckley made wholesale changes at the end of last year - mainly in the form of player sackings and new personnel. No one really knows how these changes will impact on the team - Buckley will either be a hero or a failure at the end of the season. The end of the season is when his tenure should have been judged and the appropriate decision made. To extend his contract without knowledge of the effect of his changes is utterly stupid and highly irresponsible.

        North Balwyn
        Date and time
        March 04, 2014, 4:33PM

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