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Former Norwood player and Collingwood star Scott Burns is being backed as the favourite for outgoing Crows coach Don Pyke’s job, with speculation the club will make a decision in the coming weeks.
After Pyke’s shock announcement he was stepping down as senior coach last week, a number of names have been thrown around for the top job.
Burns played 256 games for Collingwood after being drafted from Norwood in 1992.
Channel 7’s Tom Browne says Burns looks a likely candidate, after Essendon assistant coach and Crows great Ben Rutten revealed he wouldn’t leave the club for the vacant spot.
“Their review’s ongoing – they really need to lock in a coach in the next three weeks because their whole list strategy, where they try and retain players or go to the draft, really turns on the coach,” he said.
“So time is of the essence with that search.”
Browne says Burns is now an odds-on favourite for the gig.
“I think Scott Burns and Justin Longmuir – but I think Longmuir will go to Fremantle,” he said.
Burns is understood to have been pipped for the Crows’ job by Brenton Sanderson in late 2011.
He has spent stints as an assistant coach at West Coast, Collingwood and now Hawthorn.
‘Not set’ on experience
Adelaide has not ruled out selecting another first-time coach to replace Pyke, with Crows powerbroker Mark Ricciuto saying he’s “not set” on experience over an untested man.
Ricciuto will lead a four-member panel tasked with finding the club’s next leader.
“There’s positives of both,” Ricciuto told Triple M radio on Friday.
‘We’ve got a different generation of players that need different things.’
“We went down the (route of the) older one when Phil Walsh might have been the oldest ever first-time head coach when we appointed him.
“So I do like the experience and maturity and knowledge of an older coach.
“But I also know the game is changing and we have got a different generation of players that need different things to what we did 10 or 20 years ago.
“So we’ll have a real strong think about that.”
Other potential applicants could include current assistant coaches Nathan Bassett (Port), Matthew Nicks (GWS) and Justin Longmuir, currently at Collingwood but considered a frontrunner for Fremantle’s vacant head coach role.
– with AAP