Former Port Adelaide premiership manager Mark Williams' sanction has rocketed into contention for Collingwood's elder coaching role, according to Caroline Wilson.
Williams, who captained Collingwood betwixt 1983 and 1986, has not been a elder manager since leaving Port Adelaide astatine the extremity of 2010, but has been praised for his interaction connected Melbourne since arriving astatine the nine arsenic the Head of Development astatine the extremity of 2020.
With Sam Mitchell officially pulling his sanction retired of the running connected Monday, Wilson said she expected the 62-year-old to beryllium contacted arsenic a portion of Collingwood's coaching search.
"I didn't deliberation [approaching Williams] was cardinal successful their thinking, but present I'm proceeding that Paul Licuria, who with Peter Murphy seems to beryllium moving this process, is looking precise squarely astatine Mark Williams to astatine slightest beryllium a campaigner to speech to for the Collingwood job," she told Nine's Footy Classified.
"I don't cognize if conversations person adjacent been had yet, each I cognize is this is precise overmuch a moving communicative astatine the moment.
"Mark Williams volition beryllium approached, that's each I know. [He is simply a genuine contender] is what I'm hearing, but determination are a batch of genuine contenders."
Williams coached Port Adelaide large Kane Cornes for the bulk of his 300 AFL games, and Cornes praised the acceptable betwixt his aged manager and the Magpies.
"It's a bold move, it's a brave determination and I emotion it," helium told Footy Classified.
"I deliberation what Chris Fagan has done astatine Brisbane would endorse for what 'Chocco' could do, I deliberation helium could play a akin role.
"I was fortunate capable to drawback up with him during the week and we didn't talk astir that, but helium is arsenic blessed and arsenic steadfast [as ever]. He looks good, helium looks rejuvenated and I deliberation he'd bash a large job.
"Yes, it's a bold move, yes, he's got immoderate areas that possibly hitch radical the incorrect mode successful presumption of the mode that helium goes astir it and however helium likes to beryllium crossed everything, but possibly he's learnt from that.
"For a young processing radical similar Collingwood needs to be, I deliberation it would beryllium an inspired move."