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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