Adam Simpson's successful 11-year tenure with West Coast has officially come to an end, with the Eagles and their premiership coach parting ways on Tuesday.

Now set to start a search for the seventh senior coach in their history, the Western Australian giants won't be short of options moving forward.

Currently in a phase of development and in need of a coach who can help nurture the extensive crop of young Eagles - a group that includes the rousing Harley Reid - for the long haul, West Coast will meticulously manoeuvre their way through a long-winded process to find their new man.

Could Simpson's replacement be a name quite familiar to the club, or even currently employed in the royal blue and gold?

We've named five potential candidates for the now-vacant West Coast senior coaching position.


1. Jarrad Schofield 

Perhaps the top-rated assistant to Simpson, Schofield is sure to be considered by the club as their next coach.

The former West Coast, Port Adelaide and Fremantle player held an assistant role with the Power before joining Simpson's team, and also had positions with WAFL clubs Claremont and Subiaco, with Schofield leading the latter to three premierships at the League level.

Schofield returned to the Eagles' nest ahead of the 2022 season as the club's strategy and stoppage coach and is now leading the club's midfield unit, with the 49-year-old to take on the caretaker role for the remainder of the current season.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28: Jarrad Schofield, Strategy & Stoppages Coach of the Eagles talks to the team during the 2022 AFL Round 11 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on May 28, 2022 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

The dress rehearsal could do his chances of attaining the full-time role some good, with expectations already quite low for the Perth powerhouse.

Former Essendon coach Matthew Knights is another current Eagles assistant who could be considered for the job.