Footy legend Malcolm Blight believes Don Pyke and the Dockers could be a good fit for one another after the coach stepped down from his position at Adelaide.
Pyke today stepped down from his role as Crows coach despite having two years left to run on his contract, with Adelaide missing the finals two years in a row after reaching the 2017 grand final as minor premiers.
It thrust Adelaide into a coaching hunt alongside Fremantle, with the Dockers conducting their own process to find a replacement for Ross Lyon following his dismissal three weeks ago.
Speaking on SEN this afternoon, Blight said Pyke – a WA product and two-time West Coast premiership player – was a logical fit in the race to assume the helm at Freo.
“Someone has mentioned to me today – and I won’t say who – that someone that might know something said: ‘Does this sound like Don Pyke may end up as the next Fremantle coach?’” Blight said.
“If you think about it… he’s a Perth boy, his family is from Perth and they are really Perth orientated.
“He’s had a great four years at Adelaide. What about the challenge of a new club in his home state?
“Would that be on his agenda? The fact he doesn’t think he can go further with Adelaide, that’s fair enough.
“I think as soon as he made that decision and now his head is clear of the Adelaide Football Club, someone might be knocking on his door now from Fremantle.”
Bookmaker Sportsbet installed Pyke as a $4 chance to take the Dockers’ top job, third in favouritism behind Justin Longmuir ($1.80) and Peter Sumich ($3).
Pyke fronted the media at a press conference in Adelaide this afternoon, where he indicated his desire to remain in the coaching industry but suggested the demand on coaches in the current football environment was increasingly challenging.
“The landscape we now operate in in an industry … is leading to a wide range of issues around contentment,” he said.
“I fear for people’s genuine love around the game.”
Ross Lyon is considered a $6 outsider by the bookies to become Adelaide’s next permanent coach.