Former Melbourne coach Dean Bailey will have his name cleared of tanking allegations, Adelaide Crows coach Brenton Sanderson predicts.
The AFL will soon detail what, if any, charges come from their investigation into claims Melbourne deliberately lost games when Bailey was their coach in 2009.
Bailey was sacked as Melbourne coach during the 2011 season and last year joined Sanderson's Crows in a newly-created role as strategy and innovation coach.
"I know the investigation is close to coming to an end. I'm really confident that Dean's name is going to be cleared," Sanderson said.
The Adelaide coach said his club had no contingency plan should Bailey be sanctioned by the AFL.
"In the 12 months that he has been working with us, he has been outstanding and I'm really thankful for the support he has given me," Sanderson said.
"Ask any one of our players or our football department staff he is such a good football person."
Meanwhile, Sanderson called on the AFL to better regulate gambling, in the wake of Australian Crime Commission findings of alleged match-fixing and links with organised crime in the sport.
"The gambling side of it is getting out of hand," Sanderson said.
"Our fans and our sport, we want everything to be clean of drugs and match-fixing.
"It's very hard to get enough players to fix a match in AFL, but it's not hard to get to one player for spot betting.
"So I think the AFL maybe have to regulate any of the spot betting now just to avoid players getting involved with any of this organised crime when it comes to match-fixing."