Recent news out of Collingwood is that Coach Nathan Buckley is expected to remain as the Pies’ senior coach thanks to successful negotiations on a new deal. Buckley was successful in getting is request for a one-year contract, presumably so he can keep his options open after the 2016 season.
The imminent deal was announced by Collingwood President Eddie McGuire, who went on to say that Magpies chief executive Gary Pert and operations manager Neil Balme were acting as the club’s representatives.
Buckley assumed the head coach reins from Mick Malthouse following the loss to Geelong in the 2011 Grand Final. The logistics of the plan did not play out exactly as intended, however, since Malthouse left the club rather than accept a role as the coaching director and signed to be the Blue’s head coach in 2013.
Malthouse did not last long in that role. He was dismissed after 2015 when Carlton took the wooden spoon, winning only four games. His coaching credentials are/were more than adequate by any measure, but the blame-the-coach mentality of professional sports proved his undoing.
Collingwood was only slightly better in 2015, finishing 12th on the ladder with 10 wins, so it would appear as though Nathan Buckley has his work cut out for him if he does not want to suffer the same fate.