Three-time All-Australian Nick Dal Santo doesn't believe Robert Harvey is ready to step into a senior coaching role, amid links to the vacant St Kilda job.
Speaking on SEN Afternoons, Dal Santo was asked about the credentials of Harvey who has been an assistant coach at Collingwood since 2011.
“I played with Harvs, was coached by Harvs as a midfield coach, fantastic assistant coach,” Dal Santo said.
“I don’t know if he’s up to senior coaching just yet.
“If he’s better than Brad Scott and he’s better than Michael Voss or the other names that are all getting thrown up then I’m okay with that, but he has to be the best person.
“I don’t know if he is right now.”
Dal Santo was posed the question of whether Harvey’s status as a St Kilda legend would help push his case as a candidate for the head coaching role.
“I think it helps you with your initial induction and your initial acceptance by the members, supporters and sponsors," he said.
“The respect that Rob has in the footballing world, not just St Kilda, he ticks those boxes quite comfortably.”
Brett Ratten and Brad Scott have emerged as the early favourites to replace Alan Richardson as the permanent head coach at the Saints.