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Sacked Williams wants AFL mentoring role

By Daniel Brettig 13/07/2010 04:33:10 PM Comments (0)

Sacked Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams can see himself taking on an AFL senior assistant/mentoring role similar to that held by Dean Laidley at the Power this year.

Williams' exit from a 12th season as senior coach at Alberton left him with more time on his hands than he is used to, and he has expressed hope he will soon be fully employed in league ranks, though not necessarily in the same job he just vacated.

Laidley, formerly the coach of North Melbourne, was brought to the Power as a way of strengthening the club's coaches box while also providing a peer for Williams to exchange ideas with.

Having watched the arrangement develop over the past six months, Williams likes the idea of following a similar path at another club.

"There's only a few jobs around but it is interesting that I've watched what Dean Laidley's done and how he's worked with me," Williams told the online panel show KG and the General.

"That's been pretty interesting and I think it's been pretty successful, he's worked that in really well.

"I anticipate that there'll be more and more of those sorts of things helping younger coaches in the background.

"If you know me really well I'm always thinking of other ideas."

Williams again insisted his departure from Port was mutual, despite his clear desire to carry on with the job he began in 1999 and to which he was contracted until the end of 2011.

He also said he had fielded more calls about possible jobs in the media than from other football clubs, admitting that the run to the finals was perhaps not a time when club administrators were most intent on recruiting new staff.

"Football-wise no (I haven't fielded calls)," he said.

"The season marches on very quickly without you and if I'm lucky enough to get a job that would be great but if not I'll find something else."

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