Brett Ratten.

Out of contention: Brett Ratten. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

PORT Adelaide's dire situation has been further underlined with sacked Carlton coach Brett Ratten withdrawing his application for the job.

Ratten's manager Liam Pickering contacted Port chief executive Keith Thomas to break the news that Ratten did not believe he and the Power would prove "the right fit."

That news came 24 hours after Thomas told The Age that Collingwood's experienced senior assistant Rodney Eade was not a candidate. Earlier respected assistant coaches Scott Burns (West Coast) and Leon Cameron (Hawthorn) confirmed they would not be applying for the Port coaching job.

Although the Ratten camp contacted Port Adelaide, it is understood the former Blues coach was no certainty to get the senior job, a fact of which he was acutely aware.

While Ratten now weighs up an offer from the Gold Coast to work as Guy McKenna's midfield coach replacing Shane O'Bree or departing the football industry at least in the short term, Port is expected to turn its sights to senior assistants such as Alan Richardson and Peter Sumich and Ken Hinkley.

Ratten spoke to the Gold Coast on Tuesday but it is believed no other club has made contact with the Carlton coach of more than five years who took the Blues to three finals series and was sacked to make way for Mick Malthouse. Greater Western Sydney, looking to replace senior assistant Mark Williams, has shown no interest in Ratten.

It is understood that Ratten is also considering heading to the US to embark on one or a series of leadership courses which had originally been scheduled by the Blues at either Stanford or Harvard universities.

Port Adelaide has undergone a traumatic 11 days following the death of John McCarthy who was holidaying with team-mates in Las Vegas. Thomas learned of Ratten's decision shortly after McCarthy's funeral today. The chief executive is also overseeing a restructure of the club which is looking to rebuild under the control of the AFL which will soon take over the club's licence from the South Australian football body.