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Sheedy backs Williams for AFL senior jobs

By Sam Lienert 02/08/2011 07:00:53 PM Comments (0)

Greater Western Sydney coach Kevin Sheedy says his assistant Mark Williams should be a prime contender for the vacant AFL head coaching berths.

And Sheedy will not stand in Williams' way if the 2004 Port Adelaide premiership coach wants another crack at a senior job, despite his pivotal role in the Giants' development.

While Sheedy is the public face of the fledgling club, Williams has been the Giants' de facto coach this season, although Sheedy has said that will change when they enter the AFL next year.

Sheedy is reluctant to lose his right-hand man but, far from insisting Williams stay, the former Essendon coach has spruiked his credentials.

"I would like to keep Mark Williams, because that's the reason I got him, but you should never stand in a coach's way," Sheedy told reporters on Tuesday.

"Mark Williams is a very good coach. He's probably a better coach than half the coaches in the AFL that are coaching now. He's a very, very good coach.

"He's got a (strong) record, two grand finals, one with an ordinary team and one that beat the Brisbane Lions after they'd won three in a row, so it's a damn good effort."

Former school teacher Williams' reputation as a good educator of young players could also aid his appeal to the Demons in particular.

Port Adelaide made the finals in seven of his 12 seasons in charge, before he was sacked late last season.

"He's won a premiership, now they're on the bottom. Clubs have got to be very careful when they get rid of very good coaches," Sheedy said.

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