Why Blight believes it is too premature for Port to consider a possible sacking of Hinkley

Malcolm Blight doesn’t think it’s all doom and gloom in Port Adelaide despite their horror 73-152 loss to Brisbane in Round 15.

The 79-point defeat has increased pressure on coach Ken Hinkley, who despite being contracted until the end of the 2025 season was booed by Port fans during the defeat.

As Hinkley has never reached a Grand Final despite being at the club since 2013, many think now is the time to leave Alberton, but Blight does not join those calling for his head.

The Power have 32 premiership points to their name with an 8-6 win-loss record, putting them in sixth place, and with games against St Kilda (at Marvel Stadium), Western Bulldogs (at Adelaide Oval), Gold Coast (at People First Stadium) and Richmond (at Adelaide Oval) scheduled for next month, there is a real chance they can get to 12-6.

If they go 4-0 in that stretch, Blight believes the Power could definitely qualify for the finals and even challenge for the top four.

“In the next four they will play St Kilda, Western Bulldogs, Gold Coast and then Richmond,” said Blight, who coached Hinkley at Geelong, in Sportsday SA of the SEN.

“They could have 12 wins and even be fighting for the top four (after that stretch).

“After that, it gets a bit more difficult with Carlton, Sydney and Melbourne (on the way home).

“But maybe they only need to win four more and that will be 12 wins.

“11.5 might get you in for a few years, but it might be 12.5 this year, which is probably about right.”

Much of the speculation about Hinkley’s future arose from a controversial call in Adelaide. FIVE radio when a caller called to speak to part-time presenter and Port Adelaide board member Warren Tredrea.

The caller ranted, describing Hinkley as a crook and delusional while calling for his firing.

In response, Tredrea simply said: “Good decision”, which has caused more fractures between him and the coach.

Blight also responded strongly, suggesting the booing that occurred on Saturday was not that uncommon for AFL coaches.

“But what I mean is, it’s just interesting, a person (comes on the radio with Tredrea) and says something like it’s a fact, and it’s not a fact at all,” Blight said.

“Coaching is a tough business, and I think reading what Ken said, he said, ‘I know, sometimes they boo.’

“Collingwood booed Leigh Matthews after he won a flag for them – that was after almost 40 years without a premiership – but they ended up booing him.”

While pressure will pile on Hinkley if the Power fall to the 14th-place Saints on Sunday, I wouldn’t change the manager immediately afterwards, even though some would want the club to do that.

“That would be very difficult to answer,” Blight said.

“I think it would be disingenuous to do so.”

Sunday’s clash against the Saints kicks off at 1:10pm (AEST) at Marvel Stadium.

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