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Paul Roos unsure of AFL plans post-2009

By Adrian Warren 15/08/2008 05:35:31 PM Comments (0)

Sydney coach Paul Roos isn't sure whether he will extend his tenure beyond next season, but plans to hold talks with the club after the current AFL campaign.

Roos will on Saturday equal the record of 152 games as Swans coach set by Rodney Eade.

Since taking over from Eade halfway through the 2002 season, Roos has guided the Swans to the finals in every following year.

The popular former Fitzroy and Swans champion centre halfback steered the Swans to a premiership in 2005 and another grand final appearance the following year.

Roos was typically unfussed about his impending milestone and was in no hurry to finalise his future after his contract expires next year.

"I will probably sit down with general manger Andrew Ireland at the end of this year and talk through some things," Roos said.

"I don't think there is any hurry from my point of view and the club's point of view.

"I think particularly when you are in the midst of trying to play finals, everyone is focused and we've all been pretty up front on it as well.

"At this stage it is not really an issue for me and it's not an issue for the club."

Asked if he wanted to retain the position beyond next year Roos said: "I'm not sure.

"To be honest I haven't really thought about that, it's not really an issue, it's not something that I think too much about, I'm more worried about Geelong tomorrow night."

Roos reiterated he did not see himself as a career coach.

"I never set out to be a 20-year coach and that certainly hasn't change," Roos said.

"At the moment it's good, I'm enjoying it. We've got a big game tomorrow night which is exciting to be part of and a great group of players.

"I've never considered myself a career coach and however long it goes for, who knows."

Roos said the game kept developing and had changed "unbelievably" in his time as coach.

"I think the coach now is more a manager.

"He's really managing the staff, helping your medical staff, talking to them, talking to your recruiting guys.

"In a way it's less about trying to get your team up on a weekly basis. That's obviously a big part of it, but you've got great assistant coaches."

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