Crows assistants backed for Port AFL job
Tim Dornin
14:35 AEST Wed Aug 8 2012

Adelaide Crows coach Brenton Sanderson says Port Adelaide officials should talk to his assistants Mark Bickley and Dean Bailey in their search for a new senior coach.

Sanderson said while he would be sad to see any of his coaching staff leave the club, both Bickley and Bailey had the credentials to do the job well.

"If I was Port Adelaide I'd certainly talk to them," he said.

"Mark Bickley would be a great senior coach, I really believe that.

"Bailey has done it before and he'd be fantastic in a senior coach role again. You probably learn more the second time around.

"I love what they're doing for us here.

"But at the same time you'd love to see them go on and become senior coaches."

Port have appointed Garry Hocking as a caretaker coach for the final four games of the year after sacking Matthew Primus this week.

The search is now on for a replacement with the club determined to appoint the best available candidate.

Among the favourites are former Western Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade and current Power assistant and Crows premiership ruckman Shaun Rehn.

Eade has more experience and has had more success than all the other contenders, including Bickley and Bailey, with Bailey suffering through a difficult period in charge of Melbourne from 2008 to 2010, taking the Demons to just 22 wins from 83 games.

However, he was credited with starting a rebuilding process at the club after the retirement of a string of senior players.

Bickley also filled a caretaker role as senior Crows coach in 2011 after Neil Craig stepped down at the end of round 18, finishing with a record of three wins from six games.

Bennell set to join Dockers
Most popular articles
Spotted....Professional surfer
strikes in fashion
Wide World of Sports TV partners
AFL Footy ShowAustralia's favourite team takes you through the week in AFL.Wide World of SportsCatch up with Ken Sutcliffe and the team on Wide World of Sports.NRL Footy ShowFatty and the gang bring you an entertaining look at rugby league.Footy ClassifiedOur award winning panel tell it how it really is in the AFL world.