Former Port Adelaide premiership coach Mark Williams is in the running for St Kilda. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
St Kilda will interview the final two candidates for the senior coaching job over the next two days before cutting to a shortlist of two by Wednesday.
The final pair will have a second interview later this week before the club makes a decision next Monday.
The Saints have formally interviewed three candidates: former Port Adelaide premiership coach Mark Williams, and St Kilda assistants Adam Kingsley and Simon McPhee, who coached the club's VFL team this year.
The other two coaching prospects - both assistant coaches at AFL clubs - will make their presentations by Tuesday night.
The club canvassed a range of other coaches about the job but ultimately did not pursue them.
Favourite son Robert Harvey has also been in the running. After conversations with his management, St Kilda football heads Andrew Thompson - an old teammate and friend of Harvey's - and Chris Pelchen, met the dual Brownlow medallist last Thursday.
But Harvey told the Saints he was not ready for the senior job.
Harvey believes his next step in coaching should be as a senior assistant - a role he has only recently been promoted to for next season - before being ready for a senior job.
The managers of Alan Richardson, Simon Goodwin, Leigh Tudor and Scott Burns were approached to gauge their clients' interest, but all ruled themselves out of consideration.
St Kilda's coaching selection panel was encouraged by an adviser to speak with former Carlton coach Brett Ratten, but did not follow through with an approach.
Former Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss and former Sydney and Western Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade were also considered, but the Saints opted against making an approach.
Timing cannot always be of a person's making when senior coaching jobs are available, but undue haste in chasing a job can also lead to undue haste in being jettisoned from a job. Prospective coaches are acutely aware that first-time coaches get only one go at it if they don't perform.
Coaches are also mindful of the taint that can develop in falling short too often, of chasing jobs and getting close without landing a senior position.
Ken Hinkley was reportedly wary of making that impression, and of the physical and emotional toll that applying for such positions takes, when he withdrew to the Gold Coast as an assistant coach before Port Adelaide chased him.