West Coast star Nic Naitanui has endorsed Eagles assistant Scott Burns to replace senior coach John Worsfold.
Burns is West Coast's midfield coach and works closely with Naitanui.
He has been highly rated for several years and was in the mix for the Adelaide job in 2011.
Naitanui said having someone the players knew to replace Worsfold would be a big advantage.
"I wouldn't mind Scott Burns coming up and coaching, or if Suma (Peter Sumich) did come home to come and do that," Naitanui said at the AFLPA MVP awards last night.
"But it's up to the board to decide and I'm sure they'll make the right decision.
"Burnsy, obviously being my midfield coach, he brings a lot. He's a very wise man.
"He's brought a lot since he's come from Collingwood. He's worked under Woosh for the last five years as well. I just think he's probably the right man to do it.
"Stability is important but our board are the ones who decide. I think the leadership group will get a bit of a say as well. I think they'll make the right decision."
The Eagles lost another assistant coach yesterday when David Teague quit to return to Victoria.
Respected strategist Phil Walsh resigned last week.
Teague said last night he had been surprised by Worsfold's decision to stand down.
"I will be honest, I actually thought he was going to go on," Teague told 6PR.
"It came as a bit of a surprise that Woosh was going.
"I thought he was a great coach and had more to give."
Naitanui said it was important for the club not to rush the decision. He said there would be no issue if the club waited until November and the start of pre-season training.
Naitanui revealed Worsfold had been at the club regularly since resigning.
"He's the heart and soul of West Coast and he's always welcome there," Naitanui said.
"It was a bit of a shock, a bit of a surprise, but everyone understood where Woosh stood and it was his decision."
Worsfold has told Brisbane he is not interested in their senior coaching job.
The Lions contacted Worsfold's management at the end of the season to see if he wanted to replace sacked club legend Michael Voss, and made a further inquiry after Worsfold left the Eagles.
The Lions have interviewed Hawthorn assistant coach Adam Simpson and former Adelaide coach and Melbourne caretaker Neil Craig, and will speak to other candidates this week.
Naitanui has remained in Perth instead of holidaying with teammates and is training four times a week to prepare for 2014.
He managed only 11 matches in 2013 after groin surgery late last year to fix osteitis pubis.
"We had, I think, one win in our first five games and I wanted to come back pretty early," he said.
"Coming back and playing and playing in the ruck is pretty taxing and takes a bit of a toll on your body. Especially on my groin, it flared it up and got sore again."