St Kilda Head of Football Simon Lethlean says interim coach Brett Ratten still has aspirations to be a head coach.
Ratten was appointed as caretaker coach of the Saints on Tuesday after Alan Richardson resigned from his role.
Lethlean says the former Carlton coach will be given the best chance to prove his worth as a senior coach in the next six weeks at the Saints.
“When we employed Brett last year, I had the conversation as to whether he wants to be a senior coach and he was quite open that he’s no longer chasing it down like he might’ve in the early days post his first go at Carlton, but he certainly wants to,” Lethlean told SEN Breakfast.
“That’s the way he coaches now, he coaches like a person who wants to impact a program positively and he’s certainly done that here.
“He’s very open that he wants to coach senior footy again and he’s got a good six weeks now to show how he goes about that.
“Brett’s a really serious football person and he’ll be having a big crack in the next six weeks to get six wins.”
Speaking at his first press conference as head coach of the Saints, Ratten says he’d “consider” going through the process if the club asked him to take over full-time.
“I’m just worrying about what I can do at St Kilda footy club,” he told reporters.
“I’ve been very fortunate that they came to me last year and offered me a spot here. I’ve really enjoyed my time here.
“My focus, really, is what we can do here at the Saints is to try and get some wins on the board.
“That’s what we’re about, we want to get some wins on the board and play some really good footy towards the back end of the year.”
Ratten will aim to get his tenure off to a good start when the Saints take on the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium on Sunday.
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