Ratten happy with St Kilda negotiations
Brett Ratten remains unperturbed his floated contract extension to remain as St Kilda's AFL coach has not been finalised.
Ratten staying at Moorabbin appeared a formality a month ago when the Saints were 8-3 and right in top-four contention.
But three-straight defeats has led to St Kilda dropping outside of the top-eight and in a battle just to qualify for this year's finals.
The Saints (8-6) sit 10th with a challenging end to the season.
A day after incoming St Kilda chief executive Simon Lethlean declared Ratten to be "their man", the 50-year-old said he was happy with where negotiations are at.
"We're just going to stick to the process and what we're doing behind the scenes," Ratten said on Tuesday.
"We'll keep having those chats and keep working forward.
"We speak regularly (with Lethlean), whether it's at the club or on the phone, same with (president) Andrew (Bassat).
"I go for a walk with (outgoing chief executive) Matt (Finnis) for 45 minutes every two weeks and we just chat about all things.
"The communication is there, we're just working through some things."
It comes after St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt earlier this month said the Saints would be "derelict in their duty" not to call Alastair Clarkson.
The four-time Hawthorn premiership coach will more than likely lead a club again next year after sitting out this season when he parted ways with the Hawks at the end of 2021.
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