Posted: 9 October, 2016
by Footy Newsroom
Dane Swan Opens Up On The Malthouse/Buckley Transition
"I can remember rumblings within the playing group"
Dane Swan has revealed he and other teammates wanted Mick Malthouse to stay on as Collingwood coach, despite the club's succession plan with Nathan Buckley.
Swan, who retired this year after a stellar career with the Pies, opened up in an extract of his autobiography published in the Herald Sun, Dane Swan - My Story.
"I loved playing under Mick [Malthouse] and I wanted him to stay on as coach, definitely," he wrote.
"That was the case right through 2011, his last year - I wanted him to stay on in 2012, and I was not alone in that.
"I can remember rumblings within the playing group about forcing the issue and there was one instance where is was raised with Mick directly. At Round 16 of the 2011 season, a couple of players discussed the issue and at least one - it wasn't me - ended up approaching Mick in his office. I am told they said to him quite clearly that the players wanted him to remain as head coach.
"In other words, they asked him to help seek a change to the arrangement, to delay the transition to Bucks. The idea was for a petition to be signed by the players and taken to the board."
He says there was no malice in wanting to keep Malthouse on board, writing that it "wasn't out of spite" for Buckley and that he believes there is "no doubt" Eddie McGuire was doing the best decision by Collingwood.
"We understood no one was bigger than the footy club, and that Mick's time was coming to a natural end," he wrote.
"But out feeling was: 'Let's try to win another flag, let this play out, and then Bucks comes in fresh, with no expectations on him.'"