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Montgomery in Port coaching race

By Steve Larkin 13/08/2010 05:57:34 PM Comments (0)

Former Port Adelaide stalwart Brett Montgomery admits taking the hotly-contested coaching role at his old AFL club would be a "good result".

But Montgomery, a premiership player with the Power, has stopped short of openly declaring his interest in succeeding Mark Williams.

Montgomery, currently an assistant at Carlton, admitted he had spoken to Port's football boss Peter Rohde about the vacant job this week.

He joins a field including current caretaker Matthew Primus, Bulldogs assistant Leon Cameron, Essendon's well-regarded Alan Richardson and Fremantle assistant Chris Scott.

"Everyone that aspires to be a coach would love to coach the team they played for," said Montgomery, who played 126 AFL games for Port and won a club best and fairest.

"It would certainly be a really good result, but it's something I'm not looking too deeply at the moment.

"I've spoken to Port Adelaide. So have probably a dozen others.

"I was happy to sit down with them and listen to their thoughts, but back on the job now.

"I've got a big job to do (with Carlton). We've got to get into the finals, start playing some good footy again, and that's what I told Peter Rohde."

Carlton are understood to have assured the 37-year-old, who has been with the Blues for three years, they would not stand in his way should Port give him the job.

It is also believed Montgomery has been offered a chance for another interview with Port some time next week.

Primus was also formally interviewed by Port this week, and says his job interviews are likely to carry far more weight in deciding whether he gets the role than the Power's win-loss record under his stewardship.

"The interview process that we'll go through will play a lot bigger part than wins and losses," Primus said in Adelaide on Friday.

"I don't worry about who they're interviewing or whose names are thrown up.

"I believe in what I'm doing.

"But the club has got to go through the process and they'll find who they think is the best candidate - if it's me, it's somebody else, so be it.

"I'd love to do it and this is a great journey to be on, a great experience and a great challenge."

Port are expected to announce a new coach by the end of September.

Former Port coach Williams has also been busy this week, speaking to both Essendon and AFL club-in-waiting Greater Western Sydney about possible roles.

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