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Bickley wants Adelaide coaching job

Justin Chadwick 03/09/2011 11:24:26 PM Comments (0)

Stand-in Adelaide coach Mark Bickley has confirmed he wants the job full-time next year, saying he's the right man to guide the AFL club back into finals contention.

Bickley notched three wins from his six games in charge after taking over from Neil Craig in July, but his chances for the top job could be hampered by Saturday night's 95-point loss to West Coast in Perth.

Eagles assistant Scott Burns is considered the frontrunner for the role, but Bickley is hopeful.

"Yes, I'll be applying for the role," Bickley said after the match.

"As to what can I bring (to the role), I guess that's what I need to formulate and articulate in the presentation that I give.

"One of the things we want to do is be able to drag ourselves back up the ladder and into finals contention and to be able to do that we need to work pretty hard over the pre-season.

"I guess I have a lot of demand on the players, that we need to work really hard at improving all areas of our footy club.

"It's been made a point of a number of times by a number of clubs this week that West Coast are now going to be a bit of a case model for a lot of clubs because they've proved that as diabolical a position as they were in last year ... they've been able to rise back up very quickly and are now very serious premiership contenders.

"We'll take heart from that and we'll leave no stone unturned to try to put all the things in place to replicate that."

Bickley said changes needed to be made at the club for it to once again challenge for a top-eight berth.

"It would be silly to say that everything there is great and we'll just roll on the same," Bickley said.

"There needs to be a lot of effort into identifying the real key areas, of which I've got some thoughts on that.

"But what we've seen a little bit over the last six weeks is that we've played a little bit of a different style of footy, we've tried to be more aggressive in both the way we move the ball and our tackling.

"So I guess we want to keep building on that and become a powerful footy club.

"And to think I could say one or two things that are the problem and we'll be able to fix it - I don't have that silver bullet answer. It's a whole range of things that we'll be working on."

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