Pyke set for Eagles job, after SportFM revelation comes true
Three months after being first revealed on SportFM, dual West Perth premiership player Don Pyke is set to be announced as the club’s new chief executive.
Pyke is set to replace long-term boss Trevor Nisbett who will leave after more than three decades at the club.
Pyke has had off-field roles as a West Coast board member, Adelaide senior coach and Sydney assistant as well as his contribution as a premiership Eagles in 1992 and 1994.
He also won two WAFL flags with Claremont and coached the Tigers for two seasons.
Pyke’s succession to the top Eagles job was first revealed on SportFM’s Before The Footy program in August.
It was followed up in the Wednesday WAFL column that week which explained on August 27 why Adam Simpson was safe as coach but Pyke was poised to return to the club.
“Don Pyke is a dual West Coast premiership player, former Adelaide coach and current Sydney assistant, and potential replacement for either Simpson, CEO Trevor Nisbett or chairman Paul Fitzpatrick,” the column said.
“He is football’s most credentialled and versatile utility player.
“Soon enough, and as part of a managed transition that mirrors his predecessor’s own rise into the top job, Pyke will replace Nisbett as West Coast’s most important and influential figure.”
But Wednesday WAFL also had a warning.
“West Coast have no bigger issue than their football department and need their sharpest operator to attend to it … (they) need a visionary approach.”