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St Kilda cuts to shortlist for new coach

Former Port Adelaide premiership coach Mark Williams is in the running for St Kilda.

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.


  • Who would want to coach that wreck of a football cub.......relocate them to Tassie to start again.

    Date and time
    November 11, 2013, 7:51AM
    • and who do you barrack for I wonder

      Date and time
      November 11, 2013, 8:42AM
    • Why would Tasmania want them? Surely that would be punishing a state that has done nothing wrong? Tasmania deserve to have their own team - not the rubbish remains of a club in free-fall.

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      November 11, 2013, 9:05AM
    • AGREE!! Tassie should have had its own team 5 years ago. But now at the rate the AFL are going, there will be 30 teams in the comp by 2030, and it will take some teams 450 years to win a flag.

      Date and time
      November 11, 2013, 11:19AM
    • The saints went downhill once they got rid of Grant Thomas, they had built a great attacking team and Ross Lyon killed that. My mother’s cat could have coached that team to win a flag. The saints are in a sad state at the moment, they need to fill their players up on illegal substances, stand the coach down for ten months, fine the assistant coach and then make him coach, move to under an airport, miss out on a few draft picks and get going again.

      Date and time
      November 11, 2013, 1:02PM
  • @leigh5 As a saints supporter of 50 years, I'm afraid I can only agree with you.

    Date and time
    November 11, 2013, 8:27AM
    • The most damning thing is that so many 'candidates' chose not to apply or express an interest in the job.
      St Kilda were a basket case before they were given draft relief and picked up Kosi, Reiwolt etc. Now they are back to where they were. They will be remembered as the most talented team not to win a premiership.
      Watters was on the right track with rebuilding after Lyon left with the future playing stocks empty
      I think the AFL needs to look long and hard at the number and viability of clubs in Melbourne.

      Are the saint financial enough to support a quality coach, support staff and players?

      Date and time
      November 11, 2013, 8:30AM
      • Mark Williams is the coaching Messiah! He must be appointed as St Kilda coach! He will make St Kilda the juggernaut it should be! What he did for Port Adelaide from 2001-2004, as far as ladder position, was phenomenal! Also, just like Collingwood, who made Grand Finals in 2002 & 2003 and then 2010 & 2011, St Kilda will make the Grand Finals in 2017 & 2018, after making Grand Finals in 2009 & 2010 and St Kilda will win their 2nd premiership in 2017! CARN THE MIGHTY SAINTS AND THE MIGHTY CHOCO! St Kilda has recruited very good players recently, thanks to Chris Pelchen, a great List Manager and shall continue to do so with picks 3,18 and 19 in the upcoming national draft and in the national draft for years to come. Choco will be the icing on the (chocolate) cake and "Oh the premiership will be a cakewalk in 2017 for the mighty ChocoSaints!".

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        Date and time
        November 11, 2013, 9:09AM
        • As a long suffering Saints fan I'm not sure about Williams.Everyone seems to forget how bad Port was at the end when he was still coach.Also unsure someone described as 'mad' by Hardwick at Richmond is the right person for us.Could be a very bad mix.Time will tell as it seems they have already made up their minds, if the only other people interviewed so far are a couple of our no name assistants.

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          November 11, 2013, 2:14PM
      • The interview process goes something like this " Can you start Monday and do you want the job, YES !! its yours "

        Date and time
        November 11, 2013, 9:14AM

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