Buckley, a former chief executive at Football Federation Australia, has extensive experience in assessing coaches due to his experiences at the helm of Australian soccer, where he was involved in the appointments of Socceroos coaches.
While Joyce’s own position as head of football is expected to be reviewed by the whole club review –and he is believed to be under pressure – the board have still opted to stick with conventional practices and have him on the panel.
Neither Dilena nor Joyce are formally part of the three-man group undertaking the review of all club operations, though CEO Dilena will obviously lend expertise. The club review, announced on the day of Brad Scott’s resignation and departure, will be conducted by Archer, board member and consultant Brian Walsh and ex-KPMG chairman Peter Nash.
While the Roos were expected to sound out the likes of Sydney coach John Longmire, Hawthorn’s Alastair Clarkson and West Coast’s Adam Simpson – all former North players and premiership coaches who have contracts for next year or beyond – all have either ruled themselves out or talked down their prospects of joining North.
While Longmire is contracted only for 2020, the Swans have signalled that they wish to extend his tenure, with chairman Andrew Pridham indicating he would like Longmire to continue on for a long term. It is understood that the Sydney board have not yet formally taken steps to secure the 2012 premiership coach beyond next season.
Clarkson is contracted for a further three years after 2019, while Simpson too is contracted until the end of 2022. Both have ruled themselves out of contention.
North’s caretaker coach Rhyce Shaw has staked his claim to keep the position with two consecutive victories and is said to have fostered excellent bonds with the playing group, both as an assistant under Scott and since taking over the job.
Carlton has a five-man panel to find a new coach, consisting of football director on the club board Chris Judd, chief executive Cain Liddle, president Mark LoGiudice, football boss Brad Lloyd and Egon Zehnder executive and board member David Campbell.