Nathan Buckley QUITS as Collingwood coach amid whirlwind romance with Australia’s hottest new WAG
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley is reportedly set to quit midway through his 10th AFL season at the helm.
The news ends months of speculation after the Magpies said they would put off making a call on the off-contract 48-year-old’s coaching future until the second half of the season.
Buckley was set to inform the Collingwood football department and playing group of his decision on Wednesday morning, the Age reported.
The club has scheduled a press conference later in the morning.
Collingwood has recorded three wins from 12 games this year and are 16th on the ladder after making the top eight last season.
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has reportedly quit halfway through the AFL season
Buckley announced his split from his wife of 18 years Tania Minnici, last December and recently made headlines when he was pictured for the first time with his new girlfriend, cosmetic nurse Alex Pike.
He recently backed his club’s incumbent board amid a leadership challenge from Jeff Browne.
‘It’s something that happens above my head and obviously it’s topical right here, right now, with the advent of more conversations coming out in the open,’ Buckley told reporters last Friday.
‘But I believe that most of those people have Collingwood’s best interests at heart.
‘What I would say, and for what it’s worth, I actually believe that there’s been a whole heap of change at this football club over the last three or four years in particular.
‘I think we’re a much better organisation across those years and I believe the people that are on the current board have had no small part in that progress.
‘Yes, we’re struggling at the moment on field and our win-loss doesn’t look great, and there have been some challenges in terms of the salary cap and obviously the Do Better report, which was really public.
‘But there’s been that much change that has taken place – I believe the people that are on the current board are the right people to take the club forward, and believe in time that will be vindicated.’
More to come.