Collingwood legend Nathan Buckley has said he will not coach any AFL clubs in 2023, saying he “didn’t feel the need to bring that stress back into my life at this stage”.
Buckley’s name was thrust back into the coaching spotlight on Thursday after Leon Cameron announced he had resigned as Giants coach.
The seven-time All-Australian has been absent from the AFL coaching box since leaving his role at Collingwood midway through the 2021 season.
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Buckley spent nearly 10 seasons in charge of the Magpies, taking his club to five final appearances – including the famous 2018 Grand Final in which the Pies lost to a kick – and finishing with an overall winning record- defeats of 112-92-2.
Asked by Fox Footy’s Kath Loughnan if he would consider coaching the Giants if the club called him, Buckley replied Best on the ground: “No. I will not be a coach next year. I like (being) on this sofa too much.
When asked if he would consider coaching in 2024, Buckley replied with a smile “we’ll talk about that later” before adding: “Right now, having had the time off the game and enjoying the he space I’ve been Fox and SEN in without the stress and pressure of coaching, I’ve really enjoyed myself and the situations I’ve found myself in.
“I don’t feel the need to bring that stress back into my life at this point.
“If I don’t have that in my heart, I can’t do it for myself first and foremost, but I wouldn’t do the right thing by an organization coming in if you were three-quarters ready.
“I don’t see myself doing it next year.”
Cameron will last coach the Giants on Sunday when his club takes on Carlton at Giants Stadium.
Four-time Hawks manager Alastair Clarkson has already been linked with the vacancy, while Essendon legend James Hird, former Dockers and Saints coach Ross Lyon, new Giants goalkeeper Mark McVeigh and former Adelaide manager Don Pyke should all be in the mix for the job.
St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt has named Hird as his favorite candidate.
Clarkson told Fox Footy AFL 360 Extra he prioritized the potential to win a premiership as he weighed a potential return to AFL coaching.
Clarkson first said ‘there are 18 (clubs), and hopefully soon 19 clubs that I wouldn’t hesitate to coach’, but then spoke of his desire to find a club with the potential to win a job. of prime minister.