End of an era as Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley steps down

After almost ten seasons in charge, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has decided to call it quits and will step down from the role.

Buckley, who also played 260 games for the Magpies, will coach the team for the last time next Monday when Collingwood takes on the ladder-leading Melbourne Demons at the SCG.

At a press conference on Wednesday, the 48-year-old said he came to the tough decision after acknowledging that there was an “appetite for change” at the club.


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“Everything has its time and the club and I have reached ours,” Buckley said.

“Graham Wright and I have been in conversation consistently in the last few months about what the path forward is for the program and what it needs to progress.

“When it came to the senior coaching role it became clear that a clean slate, for new energies and a new voice, was necessary. So that is what has been decided.”

Buckley said he has “loved every moment” of his time at the club, which he has been a part of as both a player and coach for almost three decades.

“In any role I have given my all to it. This program is full of so many great people who are committed and connected to one another absolutely,” he said.

“I’ll miss being a part of that but will always feel like a part of me is left with them. I sincerely wish all of the staff, coaches and players every success.”

Collingwood CEO Mark Anderson described the news as an “extremely tough day for our club”.

“True greatness doesn’t depend on how long or how much or how many but on the legacy of those things. What they stand for. And to Collingwood people Nathan Buckley stands for just about everything they want the black and white striped jumper to represent,” Anderson said.

“While we can all see the wisdom in moving on, we know that he will be missed. He is a towering figure in the history of Collingwood.”

Collingwood General Manager of Football, Graham Wright, said Buckley is a person of the “highest quality” with “great morals and values”.

“In all of our discussions he was only ever interested in ‘the best thing for the football club’ and once we were both clear on that we had further discussions with Mark (Anderson) and the board to finalise how and when was the best time,” Wright said.

“On behalf of the entire club, I want to acknowledge and thank him for his selflessness and utter decency.”

After Monday, Robert Harvey will take the coaching reigns at Collingwood for the remainder of the year.

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