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Bickley to decide soon on AFL job

Steve Larkin 26/08/2011 04:41:56 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide's caretaker coach Mark Bickley isn't sure if his AFL honeymoon is over, or even if he wants a marriage with the Crows.

Bickley has just over a week to decide whether to apply for Adelaide's coaching job for next season and beyond.

"Every day that goes by I'm getting closer (to deciding)," Bickley told reporters on Friday.

"But the thing is that I said to the players and the footy club that I would give my undivided attention to coaching for the six weeks.

"I don't want to waste any time pontificating or thinking too much about what might happen when I have got so much to do here and now.

"That is what I'm trying to do at the moment, trying to be the best I can be at coaching ... at the end of it, that will be the time to have a clearer picture."

Bickley, named interim coach when Neil Craig quit five weeks ago, has rejuvenated Adelaide with three wins from four games - the loss a narrow defeat to heavyweight Geelong.

Past caretaker coaches, notably Paul Roos in Sydney and Port Adelaide's Matthew Primus, enjoyed a groundswell of fan support during their interim period which helped them land full-time gigs.

But Bickley noted Adelaide's passionate supporter base haven't engaged in a similar campaign for him.

"It's probably a mature approach by our supporter group," he said.

"They want the best possible person to coach the Adelaide Football Club next year.

"And how can they possibly know if that is me, if they don't go out to the rest of the market and test what is out there?

"I would suggest that whilst they may be liking what they're seeing, they would understand there is a big difference between putting something together for six weeks until the end of the year and actually putting together a plan and a vision that is going to carry over for the next three years possibly.

"I think they would demand the Adelaide Football Club go out and try and find the best person possible and they do their due diligence to get that person."

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