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Worsfold rules out full-time job with Adelaide

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John Worsfold has no intention of being an AFL head coach again despite answering an SOS from Adelaide.

Worsfold will act as Adelaide’s coaching director for the rest of the season after the alleged murder of Crows coach Phil Walsh.

But the West Coast premiership coach on Tuesday ruled out coaching Adelaide or any other AFL club next season.

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“I feel like I could manufacture enough time to commit to the end of this footy season,” Worsfold told reporters in Adelaide.

“By that point, Adelaide will be really clear on where they’re heading and I’ll disappear into the sunset.”

Worsfold was a close friend and worked at West Coast with Walsh, who was allegedly stabbed to death by his 26-year-old son last Friday.

“I will deal with what is in front of me as it comes along,” Worsfold said.

“Certainly my life is not heading where I thought it would be this week … but that is a small part of the unique and tragic situation that we’re in.”

The West Coast premiership coach said he would speak with the Walsh family in coming days as he prepares to assist Adelaide’s interim coach Scott Camporeale.

The Crows return to AFL action on Saturday against the Eagles in Perth with Worsfold saying he would be a sounding-board to the first-time head coach Camporeale.

“I’m not here to give him the answers,” Worsfold said.

“I’m not here to bring any ideas about game plan.

“My role here is to support these guys through the remainder of this footy season.

“This is big picture. Adelaide have a pretty young and inexperienced coaching group who had a very strong person in charge … they don’t have that now and I think I can offer some insight.”

Worsfold spent two days with Walsh at the Crows earlier in the season to offer feedback to the slain coach.

“There has definitely been a mark put on this playing group in terms of the vision that Phil had put in place,” Worsfold said.

“They (players) talk the language. They’re very focused on how they want to become a good team again. That is in place.”


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