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Roos in a hurry on Buckley

19/07/2009 03:20:59 PM Comments (0)

North Melbourne president James Brayshaw expects Nathan Buckley to decide within a week whether he wants to be a senior coach next season.

Brayshaw met with Buckley on Friday and said the club had agreed to the former Collingwood champion's financial terms if he signed on to become their next coach.

He said the Kangaroos had given Buckley a week to work out whether he wants to take the plunge as a head coach or start out as an assistant elsewhere.

"We've got a board meeting at the end of the month, we don't want to waste any more time," Brayshaw said on the Nine Network's Sunday Footy Show.

"If Nathan doesn't want to coach senior footy, and that's absolutely fine, that's entirely up to him, we think there are some wonderful people lined up ready to do it.

"One of them is the bloke who's doing it at the moment (caretaker coach Darren Crocker) and doing a great job.

"You've got people like John Longmire, Brad Scott, it's degrees of winning.

"If Nathan for some reason doesn't want to do a senior job then I think we will end up with a terrific person."

Brayshaw said the Kangaroos had no issue about meeting Buckley's financial terms.

"What his management said is `This is, if we do this, the amount of money we'd be looking at,'" Brayshaw said.

"We've said to him `There's no problem with that, the money's not an issue'.

"The issue is whether Nathan wants to be a fulltime senior coach, if he does we'd love to talk to him."

Collingwood are understood to be chasing their former skipper as an assistant to coach Mick Malthouse, while Richmond have also talked to Buckley about their vacant head coaching job for next season.

Brayshaw acknowledged the `Roos' aggressive pursuit of Buckley was "not ideal" for Crocker, who is also seeking the position permanently, but said it was in the best interests of the club.

"We've sat down with Crock, myself and (football manager) Donald McDonald and said `This is what we're going to do,'" he said.

"The main thing you do with footy clubs is put the club first always and Darren is a great example of that, so he has said `I have no problem with what you're doing.'

"We've guaranteed Crock that if Nathan doesn't take the job on then he will get to the interview stage, so he's very comfortable."

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