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Ayres still wants to coach in the AFL

By Adam Cooper 28/07/2004 05:18:15 AM Comments (0)

Former Adelaide coach Gary Ayres said he was still hungry to coach an AFL club.

Speaking publicly for the first time since he was told he was not wanted by the Crows' management a month ago, Ayres said he would like to be considered for the vacant Richmond or Hawthorn jobs.

"I've got a huge appetite for football," Ayres told Channel Seven's Talking Footy.

"I don't know whether those particular organisations see me as having the right capabilities and qualities to coach...

"But I suppose you can get on national TV and you can push yourself: 'Well, I've been coaching for 10 years and over 200 games and if you've got a win-loss ratio of around 55 per cent (and reached) day grand finals, night grand finals it's there for everyone to see.

"But whether that's going to be what those organisations are after, I don't know, but if they want to ring, plenty of people have got my number."

While former AFL coaches Terry Wallace and Rodney Eade are the frontrunners, Ayres' admission puts him in the mix to replace either Peter Schwab at Hawthorn or Danny Frawley at Richmond.

Frawley will handle the Tigers for the rest of the season while Schwab was replaced this week by interim coach Donald McDonald.

Ayres was told last month he was not wanted at Adelaide beyond this season.

The 43-year-old - the Crows' longest-serving coach - then decided to walk and revealed he telephoned the players individually instead of facing them as a group.

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