Port Macquarie Magpies in search for new blood

PORT Macquarie Magpies will stick with tried and tested coaches in the lower grades next season, but have put the feelers out for a new top-grade mentor.

Under 18s premiership winner Craig Carroll will again take the reins next season, along with reserve grade winning coach Anthony Beasley.

First grade coach Scott Abercrombie isn't a certain starter for next season yet. He may move out of town for work.

"We would be very sorry to see him go," Magpies president Ged Byrne said. "But he may still get a guernsey come the start of next year."

Potential applicants will need to demonstrate strong leadership and communication skills and be experienced in coaching in the modern game.

Byrne said the right mindset was crucial to be able to get the best out of the wide range of personalities involved in the Magpies set-up.

"It's really important the coach is able to deal with all those skill sets," Byrne said.

The club hopes the successful applicant would be able to offer a history of coaching success.

Candidates are asked to phone Byrne on 0417 041 800.

The lower-grade coaches are already locked in for next year. Carroll and Beasley will continue their good work with the club after taking flags this season.

"Anthony Beasley has had some great success," Byrne said. "And as far as coaches go, you don't get much better than Crackers [Carroll]."

The club plans to start pre-season training in mid-December.

"We're keen to see anybody who is new to town," Byrne said. "The earlier we can make contact with them, the better."

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