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Martin Blake and Jon Pierik

Rodney Eade.

Rodney Eade. Photo: Getty Images

RODNEY Eade is a potential candidate while Scott Burns was endorsed as a coach-in-waiting after Matthew Primus parted ways with crisis-torn Port Adelaide yesterday.

The Power began looking for its third coach in three years, while desperately fighting an apparent losing battle to retain reigning best-and-fairest winner Travis Boak.

It is believed Boak has responded to the latest instability to grip the club by deciding to leave the Power and return to Victoria.

A source said last night that Boak had met his management yesterday and that some Power players understood he had made up his mind to return home - with Geelong still the preferred suitor.

As the coaching vacancy opened, former Swans coach Paul Roos predictably ruled himself out of the running, but slightly opened the door for a return in 2014.

Former Fremantle coach Mark Harvey, now a senior assistant at Brisbane Lions, will also be considered, although he would not comment when contacted last night.

Highly rated Hawthorn assistant Leon Cameron, who narrowly lost out to Brendan McCartney for the Bulldogs role last year, will also begin high on the Power's list. Another sure to attract attention is Essendon assistant and former Crows captain Simon Goodwin.

Goodwin declined to apply for the vacant Adelaide job last year, saying he was not yet ready for senior coaching, but after two seasons under James Hird at Essendon he may be persuaded to return home.

While Eade has a slightly less intense and just as well-paid job at Collingwood as football and coaching strategist, it is believed he still would consider a senior coaching job if the right one became available.

''I read the paper and I wasn't mentioned, so I've come from a long way back,'' he joked yesterday.

''Look, I've never put a line through it [senior coaching]. I'm really pleased with the role I have here at Collingwood and I'm enjoying it.

''That's where my focus is and it's where my thoughts are at the moment.''

Eade, 54, is part way into the first season of a three-year contract at Collingwood, and has no get-out clause for a senior coaching job.

''I haven't thought about it,'' he said.

''When I took this job I signed a contract in good faith and that's where I thought my career was heading.''

Eade has an excellent 54 per cent winning record in 14 seasons as a senior coach with Sydney and the Western Bulldogs. Although he has not won a premiership as a head coach, he piloted the Swans into the grand final in his first season (1996) and took the Bulldogs to three consecutive preliminary finals in 2008-10.

Eade and the Bulldogs parted company in August last year and while he was touted as a potential coach at several clubs at the end of the season, he headed to Collingwood for the strategic backroom job that he had first been offered in 2004.

It is understood for Eade to consider a club such as Port Adelaide he would need the right deal in terms of payment and also for the Power to lift its commitment to football spending. Port was among the lowest spenders last year at about $16 million, compared with Collingwood's $19 million. The competition average was $17.5 million.

Eade has a daughter in year 10 at secondary school, so would take some shifting from Melbourne.

His responsibilities at Collingwood are divided between providing support for the Magpies' nine other coaches and opposition analysis.

Roos said he ''won't be coaching anywhere'' next season.

Asked if would ever coach again, Roos said: ''It's unlikely. All I try and talk about is the here and the now. It certainly won't happen next year. It might happen the year after, but who knows?''

2 comments

  • Taking this job seems similar to old rockers writing a Christmas song. It's the end of their career.

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    Andy
    Date and time
    August 07, 2012, 11:55AM
    • The only person who could take the job without damaging his credibilty when the Port players end another career would be Eade!

      Why would a debutant coach go there, I'm sure it would be far more beneficial to stay at a successful club as an assistant than try to resurrect a rabble.

      Commenter
      Toughnup
      Location
      Perth
      Date and time
      August 07, 2012, 1:20PM
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