Part of the consideration around the timing of a board challenge relates to the coaching decision — the board in place in 2022 will want to have a coach of their choosing in the job next season.
The discussion around a potential board coup led to former Richmond assistant coach and Brisbane Lions senior coach Justin Leppitsch being asked about whether he would consider a return to the coaches’ box after his name was raised in The Age as a possible addition to Collingwood’s football department in 2022.
Leppistch, a key support to Damien Hardwick at the Tigers as they won three premierships in four seasons, said he would never say never if the right option arose at a club whether that be Collingwood or another club.
“I probably will have conversations over the course of the year as it unfolds. I have no idea what it looks like at the moment,” Leppitsch said.
He has also impressed as a media commentator on SEN during 2021 as he takes a break from the demands that come with being inside an AFL club.
Leppitsch would be most attractive to clubs as a right hand man to the senior coach which could land him a role at the Magpies as a support to Buckley if the club decided to extend his contract or to possible candidates to replace Buckley such as former St Kilda and Fremantle coach Ross Lyon.
“You never say never in these sorts of things,” Leppitsch said.
“The break has been terrific because you get stuck in the weeds … it’s been a fantastic learning experience and what I wanted to do.”
Lyon – who finished with Fremantle late in 2019 – told Triple M two weeks ago he would need to think hard before returning to coaching.
“The only way I would even consider doing it … there’s a few assistants that I really respect their knowledge and what they’re capable of,” Lyon said.
“There’d be an offensive coach that I think ‘yep, he could really complement’. I would need people that aren’t ‘to the line’ guys, that are over the line, are really competent in their areas, so you can get to the playing group, you can work on the dynamic.”
Browne needs signatures from five per cent of members with voting rights – a figure estimated to be about 15,000 members – to force an extraordinary annual general meeting at Collingwood if a handover is not orchestrated and he chooses to challenge. It remains unclear who would be on his ticket if he formed a group to challenge Korda.
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