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Williams wants to stay as Port coach

By Steve Larkin 08/07/2010 05:44:44 PM Comments (0)

Williams is uncertain to serve out the final year of his coaching contract next season, with his job security plummeting amid Port's longest losing streak.

The Power has lost seven consecutive matches entering their home encounter against Collingwood, with Williams' tenure a hot topic.

Many pundits believe the club and coach should divorce at season's end, but Williams said on Thursday he "absolutely" wants to remain at the helm next year.

Williams, who has led Port since 1999, was philosophical about the speculation.

"I have been around for a long time and am very much aware of what happens in football," he said.

Asked how much of a distraction his future had become, Williams replied: "Not really any at all.

"We get here and really work hard and try and improve the players and that is what it's all about." Williams seemingly put his own future on the radar by saying last week that unless he delivered another premiership, he wouldn't be offered another contract.

"What I said was I would be amazed if, in a year and a half's time, unless we won the premiership, I would be here," he said on Thursday.

"I agree with it, still." Williams maintained he was more concerned with ending his club's losing sequence than his long term security.

Port have slipped to 13th spot but welcome back onballer Travis Boak from injury while losing Chad Cornes to suspension for the match against the third placed Magpies.

Collingwood have dropped struggling Leon Davis and recalled Steele Sidebottom.

Williams said the fact the clash was a rare Friday night fixture for his club was irrelevant.

"We want to win, that is the pressure," he said.

"Obviously Collingwood play Friday's lots of times and in front of big audiences, they do it regularly and certainly have become used to it whereas we don't get the opportunity very often.

Williams was certain Collingwood would be a hard nut to crack.

"They are a very consistent team," he said.

"They recruited some star players last year, they have got a good group of under-25 players that have been together for a long time now and they have got all the resources in the world to back them up.

"They certainly play a different game style to a lot of teams, they play out wide and most people that talk about game plans would like to see the long kick straight down the middle and they certainly don't play that way at all.

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