‘No young coach could go in there and do it’: Malthouse calls on Collingwood to replace Nathan Buckley with an older coach

Collingwood premiership coach Mick Malthouse has urged the Magpies to look at older coaches when considering who replaces Nathan Buckley next season.

Buckley announced he would stand down after the Queen’s Birthday match against Melbourne on Monday, after 10 seasons in charge of the club, with Robert Harvey to coach until the end of the 2021 season.

Numerous assistant coaches, including Sam Mitchell, Adam Yze and Michael Voss, along with veterans like Ross Lyon and Hawthorn incumbent Alastair Clarkson, have been linked with a move to the Magpies as they embark on another notoriously difficult AFL rebuild.

Malthouse said the job at Collingwood was beyond a young coach.

“This job is massive in Collingwood. It’s massive,” he said on ABC Perth’s SportsTalk program.

“You’re on the front page, back page of papers every day. You’re in the news every day. You’ve got to be able to stand it.

Malthouse was 57 when he led the Magpies to the 2010 flag, 16 years after West Coast won its second premiership under his tutelage.

The next two oldest coaches to win a flag were Allan Jeans with Hawthorn at 56 and David Parkin at Carlton at 53.

Malthouse said Collingwood should not be dissuaded from older coaches despite the statistics suggesting they do not win flags.

“No-one has mentioned [South Sydney Rabbitohs coach] Wayne Bennett. He’s close to 70 and one of the greatest rugby league coaches of all time,” he said.

“This game now chews people up. You get looked at from every angle.

“We have chucked in so many young players as coaches, and out they come the other side and they get spat out and you never see him again.”

Mark Williams coached Port Adelaide to a flag in 2004.(

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Malthouse said the Magpies should consider former Port Adelaide premiership coach and Collingwood player Mark Williams for the role, despite him being 62.

“He loves the game, he gets the best out of people, he’s passionate, he’s a premiership coach,” Malthouse said.

“He is a best and fairest at Collingwood, leading goal-kicker at Collingwood, a captain of Collingwood. He fits the criteria.

“I hear about [Sam] Mitchell, all I see is a great player, I don’t see a great coach, because I don’t know him.

“I’m not going to say I would be putting him up.”

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