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The Age

Worsfold keen on Saints' top job

Author: By EMMA QUAYLE with Mark Duffield
Date: 26/07/2001
Words: 439
          Publication: The Age
Section: Sport
Page: 1
Carlton assistant coach John Worsfold has pointed his hand in the direction of the vacant St Kilda coaching job, but will not fully extend it until the end of the year.

The former West Coast captain, who has also featured in speculation involving his former club and Fremantle, yesterday made his interest in a move to Moorabbin clear. If the Saints want him, they will have to keep clear until Carlton's season is over.

Worsfold also suggested, despite recent rumblings over StKilda's handling of Malcolm Blight's sacking last week, that the club's playing list was just as tempting as Fremantle's more stable financial situation.

``I'd certainly take a look at it, but I really haven't given it a lot of thought at this stage," Worsfold said before training at Optus Oval.

``St Kilda have still got to go through that process of saying that they'll be looking for a coach yet, they haven't said anything. But I'm not going to worry or give it any consideration until after this year, we'll wait and see.

``I don't know the people that are in charge at St Kilda, I've never spoken to them, so until you've done that, and you make your own feeling and get your own perspective on it, I don't really have a problem."

Worsfold is also said to have been approached by the Eagles, a rumor both he and the club have denied.

Yesterday Eagles chairman Michael Smith admitted talking to Worsfold but said it was not an approach asking him to coach.

``We have spoken to John Worsfold, we have spoken to Mick Malthouse, we have looked at the Essendon Football Club, we have reviewed Port Adelaide," he said. ``John Worsfold is well connected with our football club but that doesn't mean we have offered he, Mick or anyone else coaching jobs.

``The conversation I had with John was just catching up with him."

Smith also said the club could not guarantee that Ken Judge would be coaching next year, saying his future would be determined at an end-of-season review of positions.

Worsfold, who played 209 games for West Coast before retiring in 1998, joined the Blues as one of several assistants to David Parkin last season.

He was spoken of as a potential replacement for then-St Kilda coach Tim Watson at the end of last year, but was mentioned more recently in connection with the Dockers, who are believed to have offered him the caretaker job Ben Allan took. -- with Mark Duffield

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