MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 07: Neil Balme, Football Manager of the Tigers speaks with media during the Telstra AFL Trade Period at Marvel Stadium on October 07, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Following two tough seasons on the field and a scathing review into the football department to determine what has gone wrong since losing the 2017 Grand Final, much has been made of the upheaval taking place at the Adelaide Crows.

With Don Pyke resigning despite having two years left to run on his deal, several top players expressing a desire for and eventually obtaining moves elsewhere and a new regime looming, the Crows are taking their time ensuring the right appointments are made as Matthew Nicks embarks on his first senior coaching job.

Having served as senior assistant to Leon Cameron in a runner-up campaign of his own, Nicks is currently bereft of colleagues at the helm following the termination of Brett Burton as head of football as well as Scott Camporeale from the role of senior assistant.

An all-new gap exists in the coaching panel as well with the freshly installed ‘head of leadership and culture’ position yet to be filled.

It is said, though, that this series of appointments yet to be made will only be completed after significant consultation with Nicks himself, with names such as current Richmond football manager Neil Balme and former premiership coach Mark Williams said to be among the lofty targets the Crows board are expressing interest in.