New West Coast coach Adam Simpson wants assistant Scott Burns to stay, but Daniel Kerr's future may not be resolved until further talks next week.
One of three final-round candidates to be beaten by Simpson for the top post, Burns is in contention for a position at Melbourne under Paul Roos, but both Simpson and club chairman Alan Cransberg said they would try to entice West Coast's midfield coach to remain at the club. "I'd love him to stay," Simpson said. "But we understand his situation and what he's been through over the last week.
"We'll have conversations in the next 24 hours."
Cransberg said he felt for Burns. "Scott was disappointed he didn't get the job," he said.
"Scott adds an enormous amount of value to this club. We're very keen for Scott to stay, and we've offered him a contract.
"We'd be delighted if he did and we'll work very hard to make that happen."
Cransberg also extended an olive branch to another beaten candidate, former Eagles champion and Fremantle assistant Peter Sumich, who expressed his disappointment at missing the job on Perth radio on Thursday night.
Sumich was concerned that a board lacking what he described as "football people" had made the call.
Cransberg said he had no issues with Sumich.
He confirmed the need for the club to take a fresh direction had been part of the decision to appoint Simpson.
"Peter's an outstanding candidate," he said. "He's a good friend of the club. He's obviously disappointed not to get the role, as anyone would be. I would like to catch up with Peter.
"I talked to him last night and hopefully we can catch up at a later stage. It's up to Peter, but I've offered that."
Simpson, 37, yesterday outlined his broad philosophies on football but declined to answer questions on Kerr and other list-management issues, declaring it "disrespectful" to speak until he was more familiar with the list.
That line was echoed by the club's list manager, Craig Vozzo.
Kerr has a year of his contract to run but the veteran has not had any indication from the club that it wants him to fulfil the contract.
Simpson promised to bring elements of what he had learnt at Hawthorn but stressed: "We're not Hawthorn, so I don't want you guys to think we're going to become a clone of the Hawthorn Football Club.
"But there will be things that I'll take away from that organisation because they're exceptional in what they do."
Simpson nominated competitive instinct, flexibility, leadership and football intelligence as the traits he valued most in players.