Uncertainty Surrounds Eade’s Coaching Future

By Staff Writer    |    AFL   |   Jul 28, 2011 11:51 AM

Western Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade has rejected claims that he will coach the Crows next year, however the veteran coach remains uncontracted beyond the end of this season.

Eade joins the growing list of coaches who are uncertain about their immediate future, however the Bulldogs mentor says his focus remains with his current club.

“I haven’t thought about it at this stage, firstly I’m concentrating on the season so that’s all hypotheticals,” Eade said.

“Certainly I want to be here, but as I said there’s a process in place and it will take care of itself. The main thing is I want to coach AFL footy. But the main focus is the next five weeks, five games, that’s all I’m thinking off.”

Eade has been linked with the now vacant position at the Adelaide Crows, however he wrote that off as ‘specualtion’.

However despite Eade’s comments there are still plenty that believe the Bulldogs mentor will end up in Adelaide next season, especially seeing as Hawthorn coach Alistair Clarkson and Carlton mentor Brett Ratten now seem likely to re-sign with their current clubs.

It is believed that the Crows will chase an experienced coach, and if Eade is the only one available, they will push hard for his services. And with the Bulldogs having one of their worst seasons under the man they call ‘Rocket’, it is unlikely that they will match any huge offers that come from the Crows.

The Bulldogs are also said to be interested in the services of highly credentialed Hawthorn assistant coach Leon Cameron, who played 172 games for the club.

Meanwhile Brett Ratten has said for the first time that he is confident that he will coach of the Carlton side in 2012.

At the start of the year the Carlton board put Ratten on notice, however after leading the Blues into the top four at this stage of the year, he is confident he will keep his job.

“I’m personally confident of being here next year. There’s no doubt I’m a more rounded coach this year in comparison to last year,” Ratten said.

“Players giving me feedback has been fantastic and that’s been a key to my growth as a coach.

“As a young coach you might know a lot more about the tactical side of things but from a management side, how to deal with all that, it’s something you have to learn and grow along the way.”