NATHAN Buckley was so selfless during the Collingwood ‘blueprint’ review, according to president Eddie McGuire, that he asked how he could help “set things up” for a new Pies coach should the club have opted to appoint a new man at the helm.
Buckley on Monday was reappointed as Magpies coach for the next two years after an in-depth football department review spearheaded by football boss Geoff Walsh.
Buckley held onto his job, even though Collingwood failed to make the finals – an ultimatum Buckley put on him and his side for the 2017 season in August last year.
McGuire said that prediction from Buckley was “probably too frank and put himself on a grenade as always”, which prompted consistent media scrutiny throughout the season.
But McGuire said he was blown away by Buckley’s humility and how he “bought into the process” with such passion.
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“He actually said numerous times ‘this is the right thing to do – I can’t ask for all the support in the world if we’re not going to actually have a look at this and I can’t be the person unless you believe I am that person’,” McGuire told Fox Footy’s On The Couch.
“He actually came to us and said ‘let me help you going forward if you believe there’s somebody else that I can actually write out things (for), set things up for the future. So that’s a pretty good start for a bloke who loves the club that much.
“That’s part of it, now we need a bloke that can coach and get us to where we need to get to. It’s not a popularity contest and we believe he’s got the attributes for it.”
McGuire added that Buckley was a “man of integrity”.
Asked for one defining factor as to why Buckley held onto his job, McGuire said: “When he actually put his head on the block and said ‘chop it off if you think it’s the best thing for Collingwood’.
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“And then he said that ‘I do have to improve my attributes, yes I do need to loosen up, yes I need to delegate’. He listened and spoke with Geoff Walsh and was able to articualte his own shortcomings, if you like, and then extrapolate on the things he’s got going for him.”
McGuire reiterated his view that the Buckley-Mick Malthouse coaching succession plan that began in 2009 was “100 per cent the right decision – absolutely”.
Despite speculation that axed AFL football boss Simon Lethlean had been sounded out for Collingwood’s vacant chief executive position, McGuire said the club hadn’t commenced the process to replace Gary Pert,
“There’s no captain’s picks,” McGuire laughed.
McGuire also said the club would “wait and see” about Graeme Allen’s return to the club after serving the 12-month ban for his involvement in the Lachie Whitfield drugs saga.
“Geoff Walsh is the man in charge of this (review). He’ll put his ideas to the board that will be ratified or otherwise and then we’ll make our decisions,” McGuire said.
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Originally published as The selfless Bucks act that blew Eddie away
Source: sports dailytelegraph