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Saturday, 25 May 2019

Legend's startling hit-list for North coach


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North Melbourne should have a crack at poaching Alastair Clarkson to replace Brad Scott as Kangaroos coach, Essendon great Matthew Lloyd says.

Lloyd threw out a trio of ex-Roos players as potential targets: Clarkson, Sydney's John Longmire and West Coast's Adam Simpson, all premiership-winning coaches.

Scott confirmed his exit as North coach on Sunday, after news broke before Saturday's win over Western Bulldogs.

Rhyce Shaw will act as caretaker coach but North will be determined to make a splash with a big-name replacement for Scott, with the club struggling this season at 3-7.

There is no bigger name than Clarkson, a former Roos player who has coached Hawthorn to four premierships.

Lloyd agreed with fellow Sunday Footy Show panellist Nathan Brown that Clarkson was the big fish for North to pursue.

"That's where you start. First call, I think, is Clarko," Lloyd said.

"Then John Longmire, with that North [connection], because they've both been at their clubs a long time."

Veteran AFL reporter Damian Barrett said that Clarkson would command $1.5 million per season on the open market. He is signed with Hawthorn until the end of 2022, having only re-signed at the end of last year.

Simpson is also signed with the Eagles until the end of 2022, while Longmire is contracted with Sydney until the end of next season.

It would take extraordinary negotiation from North to get anywhere near Clarkson. Lloyd said that the same went for Adam Simpson, the flag-winning West Coast coach who is another former Shinboner.

"He's another one that's a North Melbourne legend that you'd ask the question of, with what he's doing at West Coast," Lloyd said.

"But they're going to be hard to land. Then you move down to guys like [Michael] Voss and [Brett] Ratten, or an untried coach."

Lloyd said that North would have a difficult time selling their potential upside to a coaching candidate; especially against a club like Carlton, where coach Brendon Bolton is on shaky ground with a strong crop of young talent.

"In terms of the list, the 20 to 100-games players I think is very limited at North Melbourne," he said.

"That'd be the concern compared to a Carlton job."

North Melbourne should have a crack at poaching Alastair Clarkson to replace Brad Scott as Kangaroos coach, Essendon great Matthew Lloyd says.

Lloyd threw out a trio of ex-Roos players as potential targets: Clarkson, Sydney's John Longmire and West Coast's Adam Simpson, all premiership-winning coaches.

Scott confirmed his exit as North coach on Sunday, after news broke before Saturday's win over Western Bulldogs.

Rhyce Shaw will act as caretaker coach but North will be determined to make a splash with a big-name replacement for Scott, with the club struggling this season at 3-7.

There is no bigger name than Clarkson, a former Roos player who has coached Hawthorn to four premierships.

Lloyd agreed with fellow Sunday Footy Show panellist Nathan Brown that Clarkson was the big fish for North to pursue.

"That's where you start. First call, I think, is Clarko," Lloyd said.

"Then John Longmire, with that North [connection], because they've both been at their clubs a long time."

Veteran AFL reporter Damian Barrett said that Clarkson would command $1.5 million per season on the open market. He is signed with Hawthorn until the end of 2022, having only re-signed at the end of last year.

Simpson is also signed with the Eagles until the end of 2022, while Longmire is contracted with Sydney until the end of next season.

It would take extraordinary negotiation from North to get anywhere near Clarkson. Lloyd said that the same went for Adam Simpson, the flag-winning West Coast coach who is another former Shinboner.

"He's another one that's a North Melbourne legend that you'd ask the question of, with what he's doing at West Coast," Lloyd said.

"But they're going to be hard to land. Then you move down to guys like [Michael] Voss and [Brett] Ratten, or an untried coach."

Lloyd said that North would have a difficult time selling their potential upside to a coaching candidate; especially against a club like Carlton, where coach Brendon Bolton is on shaky ground with a strong crop of young talent.

"In terms of the list, the 20 to 100-games players I think is very limited at North Melbourne," he said.

"That'd be the concern compared to a Carlton job."

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