Magpies coach Nathan Buckley at the Holden Centre.
Magpies coach Nathan Buckley at the Holden Centre. JULIAN SMITH

Buckley: 'I love the club and want to see it succeed'

NATHAN Buckley is "totally committed" to Collingwood and wants the coaching role next year, but concedes he won't know until at least next week if he will keep his job.

Just days after a football department review was tabled to the Collingwood board, Buckley said he had no indication about his future but reiterated his love for the club and his desire to stay on.

"Yeah I do (want to stay)," Buckley said. "I love the club and want to see it succeed, so whatever role I am asked to play in that, I will play it, whether that means stepping back and stepping away or whether that means stepping up. The club is not about me, it won't be about any other individual in the club. It is about what is going to give it the chance for sustained success.

"I am totally committed to the footy club and what has to be done."

Buckley said a few months ago that it was a "two-way street" in terms of his future but when pressed further, he said absolutely wanted to coach the club in 2018.

He said his focus was solely on Saturday's final round against Melbourne.

"Clearly on the other side of that, you lift your eyes a little bit looking beyond that, and next week is probably where there will be stronger conversations in what the future of the club looks like and where I fit in it," he said.

He said he hadn't given any thought to the fact Saturday's game could be his last in the role.

"Clearly, there is a process in place for what the future of the club is going to look like," he said.

"The club has communicated really consistently internally and externally a lot the timelines and clearly the board meeting on Tuesday was the next stage of that, to get the feedback from the review."

"You probably won't believe me when I say I have spent the majority of my week on Melbourne and trying to set up a plan and a mentality to give us the best chance of performing in a game of footy."

News Corp Australia


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