Bernie Vince says he believes Port Adelaide will have a new coach in 2024 — and that they’ve already picked the man to succeed Ken Hinkley.
“He (Hinkley) is fighting a losing battle here,” Bernie said on the Rush Hour with Bernie, Blewey and Jars.
“I think they’ve already got a plan for Josh Carr to take over. I think that will happen.
“Basically Kenny Hinkley would have to win the flag, or make a grand final [to get a new contract].”
Discussions around an extension to Hinkley’s contract — set to expire at the end of this season — have been put off until August.
Bernie said he doesn’t mind the approach of leaving a coach’s potential contract extension very late in the season to get more certainty of where the club is at.
“I actually think they should do more of that,” he said.
“Wait until halfway through the year.
“There’s too many clubs who sign them up for two, three years, and then all of a sudden they get halfway through that first year and think ‘gee, things aren’t going well’.
“How many times do we see them paying out coach’s contracts?”
Port Adelaide finished top two in 2020 and 2021, while some bad early season defeats consigned them to 11th in 2022.
They recruited heavily in the ensuing off-season, picking up Junior Rioli, Jason Horne-Francis and Francis Evans.
Port open their season against 2022 preliminary finalists Brisbane at Adelaide Oval on the 18th of March.
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