Dal Santo not in the market for St Kilda coaching role

SEN - Wed, 11th Apr 2018 - 0 Comments

St Kilda champion Nick Dal Santo says while coaching is something of interest to him, he has no intention of entering the AFL system in the near future.

The three-time All-Australian currently combines a skills coaching role with the AIS/AFL Academy with his media work, and despite calls for him by music personality and St Kilda tragic Molly Meldrum to return to the Saints alongside fellow club legend Lenny Hayes, he feels current coach Alan Richardson is doing a reasonable job.

“I haven’t spoken to Molly for a while, but I heard those comments,” Dal Santo said on SEN Afternoons.

“I can definitely say for me not in the near future, that’s for sure. I do enjoy coaching, I do a little bit of it, but I think Richo’s doing an okay job at the moment.

“I know they’re obviously not playing great football, but that doesn’t mean Richo’s not a good coach or the right man for the job.”

Meldrum says Hayes who played 297 games for the club from 1999-2014 and is a current assistant coach at the GWS Giants would bring the halcyon days back to the Saints, and Dal Santo is adamant his former midfield colleague would be a perfect pickup for any AFL club.

“I know what Lenny Hayes is like as a person and as a coach, and I think at some stage a club will be lucky to have someone of his character at their footy club,” he said.

Sitting with a 1-2 record, the St Kilda faces a difficult month ahead with matches against Geelong, Greater Western Sydney, Hawthorn and Melbourne.