Buckley vows to fight on

22 April 2021 14:29:25 GMTPlus10

Nathan Buckley says Collingwood have not given up on this season as question marks surround the future of the Magpies coach.

Buckley, one of the best players in Collingwood's history, has held the position of head coach for the last 10 years, but there have been suggestions this could be his last.

The Magpies are going through a tough time and sit 1-4 for the 2021 AFL campaign, while Eddie McGuire, a close ally of Buckley, has stepped aside as president to be replaced by Mark Korda.

Buckley is out of contract at the end of the year and cannot say for certain what the future holds as someone else will make that call.

"It's probably a chance to sort of set that record straight - Eddie doesn't appoint the senior coach," Buckley said.

"I won't be sitting down with Mark about my position. I'm pretty sure that Mark will be sitting down with (chief executive) Mark Anderson and (football boss Graham Wright) at some point to make sure the club is tracking in the right direction.

"My job is to manage the coaches, the coaching panel and to have the players in the best shape as possible. There's some medium-term aspects in that.

"Winning's probably the easy one (key to a new contract), I don't need a conversation to know that."

Despite the disappointing start to the season, Buckley says the Magpies are not about to throw the towel in after making finals for the last three seasons.

"The fact is we still believe we can do some damage this year, we're not giving up on the year," he added.

"We've come off three consecutive finals campaigns and we don't want that to discontinue, we're still aiming for finals and want to be a threat in finals when it comes to the pointy end."

Collingwood are 80/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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