West Coast assistant coach Don Pyke is reportedly the front runner to secure the vacant Adelaide coaching position.

Australian journalist Greg Denham said on SEN radio on Thursday morning that Pyke is likely to be the next Crows’ coach.

“I think he will get the job Don Pyke…Mark Riccuto, very big fan, he’s the power broker at Adelaide, Pyke was his midfield coach,” Denham said.

Denham also said that Guy McKenna will join John Worsfold at Essendon as a senior assistant coach.

West Coast midfielder Sharrod Wellingham endorsed the Eagles assistant yesterday on 3AW radio, saying Pyke would make a great senior coach.

“He’s definitely got the brain for it,” Wellingham said on Sports Today.

“He’s a very good coach and reads the game well.

“He loves his numbers, so he’ll have stats on absolutely everything.

“I think if he was given a coaching role, he’d grab it with both hands.”