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Nicks favoured as new Adelaide AFL coach

By AAP Newswire

Adelaide are on the verge of announcing their new AFL senior coach, with GWS assistant Matthew Nicks the strong favourite.

There has been speculation the Crows are poised to unveil Don Pyke's successor as early as Monday after more weekend meetings.

GWS are yet to receive official word that they are losing Nicks, but it will be a major surprise if he misses out.

This will be the former Sydney player's first senior coaching role.

After a 175-game career at the Swans, Nicks was an assistant at Port Adelaide from 2011 before joining the Giants this season.

He will come into a club reeling from two disastrous seasons outside the top eight.

Adelaide have paid a fearful self-inflicted price for 40 minutes of bad football in the 2017 grand-final loss to Richmond.

First came the notorious 2018 pre-season camp run by Collective Minds and the club eventually severed ties with them later in the year.

Injuries and player discontent also have plagued the Crows.

Pyke left last month and Taylor Walker stood down from the captaincy.

After external and internal reviews, the Crows on Friday sacked football manager Brett Burton and senior assistant coach Scott Camporeale - two of the most-prominent members of their football department.

As a result of the reviews, Adelaide will also appoint a leadership and culture manager.