Dual West Coast premiership player Chris Waterman has backed former teammate Peter Sumich as the man to coach the Eagles in 2014.
The Eagles begin their coaching hunt in earnest next week, after the resignation of club legend and 2006 premiership coach John Worsfold on Thursday.
Sumich, who was an assistant at West Coast between 2002 and 2011 and now works under Ross Lyon at Fremantle, is one of the top contenders for the job.
Early indications are the 45-year-old is interested in the position but won't enter talks until the Dockers complete their finals campaign.
Sumich applied for a number of coaching jobs interstate over his career but has repeatedly been knocked back.
Waterman said Sumich had the hunger to lead a team in his own right.
"I think what Suma has done the last two years has been exceptional," Waterman said.
"Going down to Fremantle and being part of the Ross Lyon set-up … that's got to count heavily in his favour, I would have thought.
"Paul Roos has just been appointed (as Melbourne coach) and he's 50, Mick (Malthouse) just started a new job this year (at Carlton) and he's 60, Suma is 45, so why wouldn't he have the hunger and the passion?
"He's got a very, very smart football brain, he's very astute, a very good judge of talent and what's going on in a game of footy.
"He's served his apprenticeship, that's for sure."
West Coast chairman Alan Cransberg said the club would form a subcommittee in the next week to lead the coaching hunt.
He admitted Sumich's two years under Lyon, one of the AFL's highest-rated coaches, would count in his favour.
"I think it's important to note we will look for the experiences coaches have, the fact that Sumich has been to another club adds to his resume," Cransberg said.
Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich said while the interest in Sumich was inevitable, the club had asked coaching staff to postpone talks regarding future jobs until the end of the finals.
West Coast assistant Scott Burns, Hawthorn assistant Adam Simpson, former Adelaide coach Neil Craig and recently sacked Brisbane coach Michael Voss are all likely to be looked at by the Eagles.
Port Adelaide premiership coach Mark Williams is another experienced coach likely to be on the market.
Voss, who signed as an assistant with the Eagles in 2009 before taking the Lions job, is believed to be a strong contender.
His manager Peter Blucher said he was interested.
"He'd certainly be keen to talk, absolutely," Blucher said.
"He was originally going to West Coast when the Brisbane people came knocking on his door and convinced him to come home. He's still got a burning desire to coach - he thinks he's a better coach now than he was when he started."
Brisbane said they would approach Worsfold about their vacant coaching position.Eagles CEO Trevor Nisbett said he would be surprised if Worsfold coached in 2014.