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I'm in it for long haul: Crows coach

By Steve Larkin 02/06/2011 04:56:48 PM Comments (0)

Neil Craig wants to coach Adelaide for the long haul, saying he's enjoying the role more than ever despite the AFL club's current struggles.

Craig acknowledged "huge pressure" on himself but said on Thursday he was determined to coach the Crows for "as long as I can".

Craig was due to fall out of contract at season's end but struck a unique agreement with the Crows where he has been placed on the club's staff.

Under the deal, Craig can continue with Adelaide in some capacity even if sacked as coach - but he said on Thursday that may not necessarily hold true.

"My coaching contract can end very quickly with the flick of a pen," Craig said on Thursday.

"That is well documented ... that is the way it should be and I'm really comfortable with that.

"If that happens, there is also a possibility that I can continue with the club in some role.

"But if either party thinks that is not appropriate, that won't happen."

Craig maintained he had never enjoyed coaching more despite Adelaide's lowly ladder position, 13th with just three wins from nine games.

"One of the reasons for that is the quality of this group, and I mean that, I have never enjoyed it more," he said.

"I think this group is going to go a long way.

"Can I guarantee a grand final win? Of course I can't do that.

"But I think they are going to be a very, very successful playing group over the years and I want to coach them as long as I can with the way I feel at the moment.

"And it's important for the club to know that from me.

"But clearly, as (St Kilda coach) Ross Lyon mentioned a few weeks ago, boards make the appointment of coaches.

"Now it's a two-way process to a certain extent.

"What I am saying at the moment, if you ask this side of the ledger, I have never enjoyed it more.

"Is there pressure? Absolutely there is, there is huge pressure but there always has been on this club from day one.

"I'm enjoying it like I have never enjoyed it before and the club has been really supportive of me, totally supportive ... but in the end, unless I make a decision first, it will be the board that makes that decision."

Asked if he was in it for the long haul, Craig replied: "I love it, yeah."

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