Dual North Melbourne premiership star Adam Simpson, a respected assistant to Alastair Clarkson at Hawthorn, is firmly on the radar of West Coast's coaching sub-committee.
Simpson, who captained the Kangaroos for five seasons and is viewed by many as a coach in waiting, is also in contention to be new Melbourne boss Paul Roos' senior assistant with a view to succeeding the Demons coach, possibly as early as 2016.
West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett said yesterday that the Eagles' new coach was likely to come from a field of six to eight candidates, with Simpson, current assistant Scott Burns and Fremantle forwards coach Peter Sumich in the mix.
Nisbett was hopeful of having Worsfold's successor in place by midway through next month, but said it was a balancing act with several potential contenders at clubs which remained in the race for the 2013 flag.
Sumich and Simpson are involved in this weekend's preliminary finals.
"Most of our groundwork will be done. If there are guys still in the mix like Suma and Adam Simpson and others, we are also mindful that a lot of these guys are in for other jobs so you have to be working with their managers to see where they are at," he said.
"Some of them contact us as well. It is a two-way process at the moment.
"He (Sumich) will certainly be in the process and there are other guys that we will talk to. All up we will talk to six to eight people and make a decision from there. Scott Burns is also in for the Melbourne job to work with Roosy so we will just have to monitor that.
"The guys' credentials are all well known ... we will cover all of the bases and then interview them all."
Nisbett said the Eagles knew from their own experience about the difficulties of balancing a coaching selection process in September when candidates were assistants at clubs still participating in finals.
"We haven't formally sat anyone down yet anyway," Nisbett said.
"We are just speaking to a number of people and we are trying to find out what the best option is."
Simon Eastaugh, West Coast's development coach for rucks and forwards, yesterday left the Eagles to return to Fremantle.
Eastaugh, a former Essendon and Fremantle ruckman, has been at West Coast for the past four years, joining the club after a stint as senior coach at Perth.