Nathan Buckley quits: Football world reacts to Collingwood coach standing down

Dane Swan has lauded former teammate and coach Nathan Buckley as the biggest name in the history of Collingwood.

The Brownlow medallist said the outgoing coach deserved a flag “more than anyone” at the Magpies.

While Swan conceded he didn’t always see eye-to-eye with Buckley, who he played with for six seasons and played under for a further six years while Buckley was at the helm, he commended the Collingwood great for always having the club’s best interests at heart.

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Nathan Buckley as coach with Dane Swan back in 2015. Picture: Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“Biggest name in the history of the club and the one thing he always did was put the best interests of The club first (whether we agreed or not),” Swan tweeted.

“Deserved a flag more than anyone at the pies and should be celebrated on the way out. “Hopefully life can be a tad normal for him again.”

Biggest name in the history of the club and the one thing he always did was put the best interests of The club first (whether we agreed or not). Deserved a flag more than anyone at the pies and should be celebrated on the way out. Hopefully life can be a tad normal for him again

"I feel almost a little bit numb"

Pendlebury's take on Buckley's departure 🗣️ pic.twitter.com/IXNQBL4ngv

Alastair Clarkson talks about the “key pillars” at clubs — president, CEO, coach, captain, football boss etc. Four key pillars at Collingwood have now changed: Geoff Walsh, Eddie McGuire, Ned Guy and Nathan Buckley. The club’s leadership will almost be unrecognisable next week.

No matter what you think about Collingwood or Nathan Buckley, the fact this announcement is happening over Zoom is a bit of a downer. Nothing they can do obviously but a sad way to finish up. https://t.co/9GpR0dnoJW

Thanks Bucks 🖤

After almost 10 seasons and 217 matches in charge, Nathan Buckley will coach the team for the last time next Monday when Collingwood meets Melbourne at the SCG.

Collingwood needed a fresh start. But as Bucks showed with his class in that press conference and from his coaching in 2018-20 he will be massively in demand at some stage as a coach again. The Buckley brand is undiminished https://t.co/6liTwTN3X8

Gerard on reports Nathan Buckley will resign: "I feel quite emotional.

"For what he's achieved within the game, what he did on the field, what he's done coaching for a decade, the fact that pretty well everyone gave up on him and couldn't see what he would become as a coach…"

Nathan Buckley gave a lot to Collingwood. Here’s an early picture of him playing for them. pic.twitter.com/z6u7mKxXsi

Originally published asSwan: Bucks deserved a flag more than any Pie

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