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I'm not going anywhere: Port coach

By Daniel Brettig 11/02/2009 08:04:27 PM Comments (0)

His influence may have been eroded at Alberton but Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams is adamant he has a future at the Power beyond the end of his current contract.

Reacting to speculation that his departure from Port by the end of 2009 is an "open secret" around Adelaide, two days after making the frank admission that new skipper Domenic Cassisi had not been his first choice for the job, Williams said his position had never changed.

"If you go back through your files, you'll read and hear what I've said about 50 times and I can say it again," Williams told reporters on Wednesday.

"I intend to coach Port Adelaide next year and for the ongoing years, but that will be up to the club."

While there is little doubt that Williams is not in as much control of the Power as he once was, the coach argued that certain reports of his imminent demise had been unfairly exaggerated.

"As I said on Monday, the captaincy thing was six months before the decision (to choose Cassisi) was made," he said.

"When they edit it in the paper and cut it off in the news, it makes sense, but the fact is that I fully agree with Dom being captain."

Williams had said that he spoke to Chad Cornes and Shaun Burgoyne last year about becoming captain.

"When Tredders was injured and going to relinquish the captaincy three-quarters of the way through last year, I spoke to Shaun and Chad about where I thought the captaincy would be," Williams said on Monday.

"I thought it would come out of one of those two guys. Chad went and had his shoulder done, so Shaun became the captain and played a few games in that role.

"In my view, it was going along that way.

"But since that time we've had a new administration come in - a new CEO, president and board - and they certainly went a different way in regards to the process they wanted to go through.

"I'm happy enough to listen and go through the process and having gone through that process, I'm delighted with the result we got and Dom's fully aware of that."

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