KEVIN Sheedy will return full-time to the Greater Western Sydney coach's box next season alongside Mark Williams, who will hold the title of senior midfield assistant.
While widespread doubts linger over the coaching delineation at the Giants in their debut season, the club has moved to end speculation about Sheedy's true role by yesterday outlining the job description of the two men in what looms as a new model for the AFL given Sheedy's hands-off position this season.
Giants chief executive Dale Holmes confirmed the club's football subcommittee met yesterday to discuss the coaching model for next season. He conceded that Williams could continue to run some midweek training sessions.
''Kevin is the head coach with Mark as his senior assistant,'' he said. ''You'll see them together in the box and they're old enough and mature enough to work out their roles.
''Although Mark has coached the side a lot this year, with Kevin having an emphasis around marketing and promotion, Kevin will be the coach next year.''
Of Williams's prospects beyond 2012, Holmes said: ''He's very much in our long-term plans.''
And The Age understands that the Giants' recruiting co-ordinator Neville Stibbard will return to full-time duties next week pending a meeting with the club in the coming days.
Stibbard was stood down on full pay after a complaint from North Melbourne, which accused him, the club's former long-time chief recruiter, of confrontational tactics aimed at its recruiter, Bryce Lewis.
The case has been embarrassing for the AFL and will probably result in Giants' recruiting scout Paul Brodie taking over the top job, with Stibbard remaining at the club in another recruiting role.
Holmes would only say that an investigation had been completed with an outcome expected by the end of the week.
The incident is just another issue for the AFL's 18th club, which is still searching for a second major sponsor to join Skoda and remains without a full-time training oval for its first pre-season.
The senior coaching position appears Williams's to lose. He has impressed the fledgling club with his developmental and teaching skills in 2011. If he is appointed to the top job in 2013, a trigger in his contract will lift his wage from $300,000 to $700,000.
The Age understands that Sheedy's position as senior coach has been reinforced by the AFL, which is determined that its star frontman will complete his three-year deal with the club.
While Sheedy's promotional work around NSW has proved invaluable, Williams has largely coached the young team. As recently as 12 days ago, Sheedy did not appear at the Giants' North East Australian Football League with Gold Coast Suns reserves, preferring to sit behind the Hawthorn bench at Etihad Stadium observing the Hawks machinations for their clash with Carlton.
Sheedy missed nearly a month of football during a European trip involving Skoda.
But GWS chairman Tony Shepherd said: ''We've got the best of both worlds - the wise old sage and the younger teacher working together.''
Shepherd said of Williams: ''He's got a three-year contract with us and he's settled here with his family. What club is in a better position to win a flag in five years?''
Holmes is understood to have ruffled some senior AFL feathers when it was revealed he had dined with rugby league legend Phil Gould earlier this month and offered Gould's club Penrith the use of the Giants' facilities at Blacktown.