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Sport Magpies skipper 'numb' after 'shock' Buckley exit

11:30  09 june  2021
11:30  09 june  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Buckley next week will coach his 218th and final game for the club after nearly 10 seasons in charge. He played 260 games for Collingwood as a player where he became a seven-time All-Australian and the 2003 Brownlow Medal winner. The veteran coach had remained unsigned beyond next year as "It's a bit of a shock , you come in to train today and that happens. It's definitely a shock and the first time in my career that I've ever been through something like this before. I feel almost a little bit numb ," Pendlebury said. "(He) planned to have a bit of a chat with the leaders and then the timeline sped up

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Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury admits coach Nathan Buckley's "shock" exit left him feeling "numb" after it was revealed today the Magpies coach would step down following next Monday's clash with the Demons.

Buckley next week will coach his 218th and final game for the club after nearly 10 seasons in charge. He played 260 games for Collingwood as a player where he became a seven-time All-Australian and the 2003 Brownlow Medal winner.

The veteran coach had remained unsigned beyond next year as Collingwood limped to a 3-9 start to the 2021 AFL season.

Pendlebury was confronted by reporters today shortly after Buckley's announcement and revealed he was still coming to terms with the news.

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Buckley next week will coach his 218th and final game for the club after nearly 10 seasons in charge. He played 260 games for Collingwood as a player where he became a seven-time All-Australian and the 2003 Brownlow Medal winner. The veteran coach had remained unsigned beyond next year as “It’s a bit of a shock , you come in to train today and that happens. It’s definitely a shock and the first time in my career that I’ve ever been through something like this before. I feel almost a little bit numb ,” Pendlebury said. “(He) planned to have a bit of a chat with the leaders and then the timeline sped up

Buckley said the decision came after months of "open discussions" with Collingwood GM of Football Graham Wright. There has been plenty of speculation about Buckley 's future in recent weeks as Collingwood's very public boardroom spat since Eddie McGuire's departure as president after two decades added pressure on the underperforming Magpies and their coach. Magpies skipper Scott Pendlebury left feeling ' numb ' after ' shock ' Buckley exit . Most Popular.

Nathan Buckley looking at the camera: Scott Pendlebury, Nathan Buckley © Getty Scott Pendlebury, Nathan Buckley

"It's a bit of a shock, you come in to train today and that happens. It's definitely a shock and the first time in my career that I've ever been through something like this before. I feel almost a little bit numb," Pendlebury said.

"(He) planned to have a bit of a chat with the leaders and then the timeline sped up and so (he told us) just as a full group. He spoke about (how he thinks) it is the best thing for the club, no person is bigger than the club and that it's the right time for him to step away.

"He spoke about his gratitude for the place – he spent half his life here – and how excited he is by the future. And excited for the opportunity that he's had as a player, as an assistant coach, as a coach and everything that he's contributed to our club."

Buckley to step down as Collingwood coach

  Buckley to step down as Collingwood coach Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley is set to leave the role midway through his 10th AFL season at the helm.The 48-year-old will front a press conference with Magpies chief executive Mark Anderson and football manager Graeme Wright at 11am on Wednesday morning.

Magpies assistant Robert Harvey will take over as interim head coach after Buckley ’s final game in charge, Collingwood’s Queen’s Birthday clash with Melbourne next Monday. Buckley was a Collingwood assistant under Mick Malthouse in 2010 and 2011, before taking on the top job ahead of season 2012. The former Collingwood captain is also arguably the Magpies ’ greatest-ever player, having won a Brownlow Medal, a North Smith Medal, six best-and-fairest gongs and seven All Australian blazers across 260 AFL games.

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Nathan Buckley looking at the camera © Getty Nathan Buckley

Buckley said the decision came after months of "open discussions" with Collingwood GM of Football Graham Wright.

"It is a bit sad to understand that it'll be coming to an end on Monday," Buckley told reporters during a Zoom conference call on Wednesday morning.

"The discussions have been open. They've been really focused on what's best for the club now and going forward. We haven't performed the way we'd have liked to at this stage this season.

"I've had nine years at the helm after two years as an assistant, so I've had a fair crack at it. I'm really content with the decision that's been reached.

"The conversations were largely around what's best for the footy club and we've tried to remove the external noise.

"I think in the end, the last couple of weeks in conversations with Graham, it's clear there was an appetite for change."

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