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Craig won't be coaching director: Crows

By Steve Larkin 26/07/2011 11:08:05 AM Comments (0)

Neil Craig won't remain at AFL club Adelaide in a director of coaching role, Crows chief executive Steven Trigg says.

Craig quit as Adelaide coach on Monday, but remains a member of staff in a deal unique in the AFL.

Under the agreement, Craig can remain at the Crows in some capacity - if he, and the club, deem it appropriate.

But Trigg all but ruled out Craig becoming a director of coaching when a new coach is installed.

"This fellow (Craig) has an extraordinary range of skills and experiences - high performance, conditioning, people management, media, whatever you like," Trigg said of Craig.

"I don't want any ambiguity: the likelihood of coming back as a coaching director? Very remote.

"I am still battling to see how that role works frankly.

"(But) you don't just let those skills and experiences go easily.

"What we will do is just let the dust settle and see what comes in the next three months, he needs a break."

Former Adelaide captain Mark Bickley has been appointed caretaker coach for the remainder of the season.

But Trigg said Bickley had been told he had not been gifted the inside running to win the permanent coaching job.

Adelaide's board will meet Thursday to determine the process for finding a new coach, with former Sydney coach Paul Roos believing a South Australian will be appointed.

The Crows are expected to speak to Roos about a possible return to coaching, along with fellow premiership coaches Mick Malthouse and Alastair Clarkson.

Roos, who landed the Swans job after a successful caretaker period, said Bickley was faced with a hard situation.

"It's difficult because you could end your coaching career in six weeks or you could begin hopefully a long coaching career," Roos said.

"In the end, you just have to take the chance and you have to give yourself a chance and back yourself in.

"He won't change a lot, he will just rely on a bit of freshness, a bit of newness, hopefully players getting on really well with him in the initial stages, giving him back a bit of confidence and hopefully things go well."

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