Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley. JOE CASTRO

Bucks happy to play waiting game

AFL: Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley is content to wait until the end of the season to find out if the club wants him or not for 2018.

While the football world debates whether Buckley should be reappointed for another season or be sacked, the Magpies appear in no hurry to make a call on Buckley's future.

The Magpies are 5-9 on the win-loss ledger and 15th on the ladder, but Buckley insists the club will throw everything into getting something positive out of the rest of the season.

"Everyone that is not involved in it (the decision) would like to know what is going on ... the reality is that I am more than happy to let the season play out," Buckley said.

"I think the time for senior leadership discussions is generally in the off-season and that's where they will take place. That's where it will happen."

He has continued to play a role in the discussions around the club's list management strategy with an eye on 2018 and beyond.

"My major charter is to continue to look forward as much as I am looking to Saturday (against Essendon), to be able to put the club in as strong a position as we can," he said.

It comes after Brisbane champion Jonathan Brown said he believed it was "unlikely" Buckley would coach Collingwood next season.

"We know if they got on a run and won their last seven games and made finals, of course he survives," Brown said on Fox Footy.

"But I think Collingwood will be looking at other options now, definitely, and it's unlikely that Bucks coaches Collingwood next year at this stage."

Brown's fellow On the Couch panellist David King pointed to the team's year-on-year slide down the ladder as what could end Buckley's tenure.

"This is the only fact that really matters at the moment - the sliding scale of year-on-year," he said.

"That is not the profile of the man who keeps his job. I'm sorry, but that's cold hard facts. They keep telling us that next year's the year, next year's the year. Well, it hasn't come.

"Nothing has changed in my eyes. I don't know why we're all giving excess time. The time is now, this was the year they were supposed to perform."

Buckley said Darcy Moore (hamstring) remained in doubt for the clash with Essendon on Saturday, but would attempt to prove his fitness this week.

Tyson Goldsack is recovering from concussion. If he doesn't make it back this week, it could pave the way for Ben Reid's return

with Max Laughton

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