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Nathan Buckley in final year as Collingwood coach, says Caroline Wilson

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Caroline Wilson, veteran AFL reporter, revealed she doesn’t believe Nathan Buckley will come back to the coach Collingwood next season after a tumultuous summer.

Buckley’s accusations got off to a bad start in the first round, convincingly beaten by the Western Bulldogs, and with a premier looking out of reach, talks have already turned to the future of the veteran coach.

The 48-year-old is in the final year of his contract and has yet to be re-signed, leading Wilson to believe he will take on a media role in 2022.

“I don’t expect Nathan to hit the desk and say, ‘I’m the best man for the job,’ but I just felt it all summer,” she told Nine’s. Footy Ranked.

“I feel like Collingwood as a club is at a crossroads. There are so many changes on so many other levels, that I just have a feeling Nathan will leave and have a very good career in the media.

“I don’t think he will coach next year, but I was wrong before, and I’m still wrong.”

Wilson’s call comes after Essendon grand Matthew Lloyd also suggested Buckley’s time at Collingwood may come to an end if he fails to deliver a prime ministerial post this season.

“I just have a feeling that Collingwood and Nathan might come up at the end of the year and say, ‘Look, we’ve spent 10 years in this, unfortunately you couldn’t win us a job as prime minister.’ Lloyd said. 3AW before Collingwood’s clash against the Bulldogs.

“It’s rare that you have a coach of Nathan’s reputation who retires from his contract. Normally they put it in and take all that pressure off, but since they’re not signing Nathan Buckley for his final year, that kind of tells me Nathan, you almost have to get us to a big final, or in the top four, to that you keep going and train again next year. ”

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