North Melbourne and Essendon count on to know the place Alastair Clarkson might be teaching by the end of this weekend.
The four-time premiership coach is yet to make up his thoughts between the Kangaroos, who’ve provided him a five-year contract after a month of discussions, and the Bombers, who launched into consideration this week following a change of their presidency.
His manager James Henderson said on Wednesday night Clarkson was “moving quickly to a decision” and Kangaroos president Sonja Hood has confirmed that’s the case.
Watch each blockbuster AFL match this weekend Live & Ad-Break Free In-Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >
NEW FOX FOOTY PODCAST — Dons drama breakdown, last-round preview
Listen below or subscribe in Apple Podcasts or Spotify
The Kangaroos held a board meeting on Wednesday night time where Clarkson, their clear plan A to replace David Noble as senior coach, was heavily discussed.
“We talked about a complete lot of stuff, together with the teaching for subsequent year, and we’re pretty comfortable with where issues are at,” she informed Seven News.
“We’re fairly confident we’ll know one thing by the end of the weekend, and we’re really proud of the best way issues are going.
“We think we’ve offered well to him, he’s introduced well to us, we understand where every other’s at and we’ll see how that performs out.”
Naturally once the Kangaroos know Clarkson’s choice, the Bombers will know as well, that means his future shall be public by Sunday night time.
While Hood denied there was an “ultimatum” given to Clarkson she confirmed the membership had asked for readability on the ex-Hawthorn boss’ timeline heading into Wednesday’s board meeting.
“We’ve had incredible communication with each he and James (Henderson, his manager) all the way all through,” she stated.
“There was no ultimatum, we simply wanted some readability on the place things have been at so we knew that if we would have liked to move onto plan B, we may transfer onto plan B.”
Asked to increase upon who that plan B coach could be, she said: “I’ll tell you what, if we’d like a plan B, come back and ask me then and I’ll provide you with all the small print.”
Nine reported doubtless backup targets for the Kangaroos include Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley, former GWS boss Leon Cameron, and Melbourne assistant and Power premiership coach Mark Williams.
Alastair Clarkson and Sonja Hood.Source: FOX SPORTS
North Melbourne interim coach Leigh Adams threw his assist behind the membership touchdown Clarkson on Wednesday.
“I assume it might be incredible if he was to come back to our footy membership, but when he doesn’t, then we’ll get the next finest particular person in,” Adams stated.
“Whoever does end up getting the coaching job is going to get a pretty unique group that we really feel has got some real expertise and can get up the ladder.
“I’m not 100 per cent positive what (Clarkson’s) weighing up, however I know he’s obtained some great individuals inside this footy membership, not just players however our staff in here are unbelievable.
“Hopefully, it pulls on the heart strings a little bit that he was a former player here, and he understands the tradition and people within this place.”