Don Pyke stepped down from his head coaching role at the Adelaide Crows on Thursday afternoon after the club missed the finals for the second straight season since their 2017 Grand Final appearance.
Adelaide, who are in the thick of an external and internal post-season review, are set to announce a panel to select their next coach but in the meantime, we take a look at a potential shortlist for the job.
Lyon is undoubtably the biggest fish available in the coaching market, but will the Crows risk a punt on the eccentric 52-year-old? Lyon’s spluttering Fremantle rebuild and consequential unceremonious departure from the club will be cause for concern for Adelaide, who will be looking to overhaul their roster in the off-season. However, Lyon’s resume, boasting three Grand Final visits and a Coaches Association Coach of the Year award, is the most impressive of the available coaches.
Although Scott has reportedly accepted a job at AFL headquarters in an administrative role, the position at Adelaide could be a convincing enough opportunity for the former North Melbourne coach to put those plans on hold. Scott stepped down as head coach of the Kangaroos in May and was heavily linked to Sydney before John Longmire’s contract was extended. With Scott’s 10-year experience as a head coach he presents a safe option, but with losses in his two preliminary final appearances, many will question if he has what it takes to achieve the ultimate success.
The former Carlton and Essendon winger has served in coaching roles since 2007, including time as the Crows’ caretaker coach after Phil Walsh’s passing. The 44-year-old, who is Adelaide’s senior assistant coach, did not apply for the head coaching role back in 2015, but with 12 years of experience under his belt, now could be the perfect time for Camporeale to make the step up. Camporeale, who played 252 games in his 13 seasons as a player, has spent nine seasons at West Lakes and is the most qualified internal candidate.
Godden was brought into the Adelaide coaches box this season after a successful spell as head coach of SANFL side Woodville West-Torrens. The Eagles made the finals in all nine seasons of Godden’s reign, including a premiership in 2011. Adelaide’s midfield coach is familiar with the club, after he was drafted by the Crows with pick 116 in 1992 and has overseen the development of talented South Australian footballers including Jared Polec and Brodie Smith. Godden is a left-field option with very little experience at the AFL level, but his dominant SANFL record does raise eyebrows.
With John Worsfold set to continue his stay as Essendon coach, former Adelaide defender Ben Rutten, is ripe for the picking. Rutten joined the Bombers as an assistant in late 2018 and has impressed in the role, with many expecting the former Crow to succeed Worsfold. But with Adelaide in need of a coach, Rutten could foil to succession plans at Windy Hill and return to his home state in move that would go down well with the Crows supporters. The 36-year-old is relatively young, but has been involved in coaching at the AFL level since 2014, serving at Richmond as a defense coach before his move to the Bombers.
Former Port Adelaide Power player Josh Carr could be an unpopular candidate amongst Crows fans, by he poses an intriguing prospect for the selection panel to consider. After his retirement from AFL football in 2010, Carr went on to serve as an assistant coach at the Power from 2011-2015 before taking on the head coaching role at North Adelaide in the SANFL. In 2018, Carr tasted premiership success with the Roosters with a Grand Final victory over rivals Norwood, and played a role in the development of current AFL-listed players Connor Rozee, Jack Graham and Brandan Parfitt.
Scott Burns has been linked to almost every available head coaching position in recent years and with good reason. Burns played 265 games for Collingwood between 1995 and 2008 and has been involved in coaching since his retirement. Burns spent five seasons at West Coast under John Worsfold before returning to Collingwood as a midfield coach for Nathan Buckley. In 2018, Burns then joined one of the best senior coach factories at Hawthorn, where he has served as midfield and forward coach under the tutelage of Alastair Clarkson. Burns’ experience and knowledge of the game as a player and coach makes him a solid option for any vacant position.
After Voss confirmed he met with Carlton during the Blues’ search for a senior coach, it was clear the former Brisbane head coach and premiership player is keen to get back into senior coaching. The current Port Adelaide assistant is the most unlikely candidate on this list after a poor period as head coach at the Lions, resulting in his sacking. However, with five more years of experience in the coaches box at the Power and an illustrious playing career, the 1996 Brownlow Medallist illustrious could be on Adelaide’s radar.