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Longmuir a coach in waiting, says Buckley

By AAP Newswire

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has "no doubt" Justin Longmuir would make an excellent senior coach and he's happy for Fremantle to interview the star candidate.

The Dockers dropped a bombshell on Tuesday when they sacked coach Ross Lyon and chief executive Steve Rosich.

The double axing has left Fremantle somewhat in limbo ahead of a crucial trade and draft period.

Stars such as Brad Hill, Stephen Hill, Ed Langdon and Luke Ryan are reportedly considering leaving the Dockers.

Longmuir is the early favourite to be appointed Fremantle's next coach, while Peter Sumich, Brad Scott, Michael Voss, Scott Burns and Robert Harvey are other contenders.

The Dockers can't afford to drag their feet given the number of players who are thinking of leaving and the need to have a stable structure ahead of the AFL's trade period, which begins on October 7.

Longmuir has earned rave reviews for the way he's transformed Collingwood's defence over the past two years.

He was also highly valued during his five years as West Coast's forward coach.

Buckley said the way Longmuir has been able to organise Collingwood's defensive unit had been excellent.

"He's been so impressive. He's aspired to senior coaching through his journey and he's continued to school himself up," Buckley told reporters on Wednesday.

"His relationship building with the players has been first class.

"I've got no doubt that he could do the job and it's up to the club that look at him to work out whether he's the right fit."

Collingwood are on the cusp of another finals campaign, but Buckley wasn't worried about the prospect of Longmuir being distracted.

"Speaking to him briefly this morning I think he can walk and chew gum at the same time," Buckley said.

"He's been excellent for us over the last couple of seasons and I'm pretty sure he can manage whatever interest may come from there.

"I don't believe he's had contact yet. But I'm sure that he can balance that up with what we need from him and that when he's here he'll give absolutely 100 per cent of himself to our campaign."

Fremantle president Dale Alcock has promised to cast the net far and wide to find the club's next coach and chief executive.