The Collingwood Magpies have started the Season with two narrow defeats and now the noose begins to tighten behind Nathan Buckley’s neck.
Five seasons in the top job and the past three seasons out of the finals and slow decent down the ladder has the Collingwood fans wondering is he the right man for the job.
Winless after their first two rounds the microscope has already come over his ability to lead what is a very talented squad on paper, especially the midfield with the likes of Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom, Adam Treloar and Taylor Adams.
The next month and a half will ultimately decide if he will be back in 2018 as the Collingwood Football Club and it will be no easy task.
The first two rounds have already shown us that no game is a easy game in 2017. The competition is looking fairly even across the board.
The Magpies next 6 weeks sees them take on Sydney away, followed by St Kilda, Essendon, Geelong, Carlton then finish off back in Sydney against the GWS.
Buckley will need to win at least 3 of these match anything less and they could kiss their 2017 campaign goodbye, just 8 rounds in.
Buckley rolled the dice in the off-season recruiting veterans Daniel Wells and Chris Mayne via free agency which received a lot of raised eyebrows on the amount of money and length of their contracts.
A four straight season out of the top 8 will see Buckley, one of Collingwoods favourite sons be told to look elsewhere if he wants to continue to coach in the AFL.
The Question is now will he see the entire season out as the Collingwood Football Coach?