Cotchin backs Mark Williams for Demons coach

TIGERS captain Trent Cotchin has backed his club's development manager Mark Williams to take over as head coach of Melbourne.

The former Port Adelaide premiership coach is a firming favourite to fill the vacancy, created by last week's sacking of Mark Neeld, with the Demons expected to pursue an experienced mentor rather than take a chance on another rookie.

Cotchin told Channel Seven's Game Day on Sunday program Williams would do a great job of developing Melbourne's younger players.

"You only have to look at his energy and his vibrancy on the bench. He's always involved (and) he's almost got a form of ADD (attention deficit disorder)," Cotchin said.

"He's so good with the young players, which is probably suited to a Melbourne. He drives you up the wall at times, but he would absolutely get the best out of a young group of individuals."

The other leading contenders for the job at Melbourne are believed to be former Swans premiership coach Paul Roos, former Sydney and Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade, Hawthorn mentor Alastair Clarkson, West Coast head coach John Worsfold and Demons caretaker coach Neil Craig.


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