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Alastair Clarkson decision on next club, Essendon, North Melbourne, embarrassed, Ben Rutten

Alastair Clarkson expects to be in a better position to announce his future coaching plans on Friday, admitting the controversy surrounding him is “shameful”.

But The Age reports the Kangaroos have begun pursuing options for the four-time premiership coach, with the new Essendon president set to address the playing squad on Friday.

Clarkson’s decision remains a hot topic in the AFL, with North Melbourne and Essendon both chasing his services and expecting a decision over the weekend.

The situation has piled pressure on Bombers boss Ben Root, whose board is chasing Clarkson but has refused to officially sack the man under contract until at least the end of next season.

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According to The Age, Dave Barham, who took over from Paul Brasher as Bombers president earlier this week and has been pushing for Clarkson, has spoken to Rutton and the club’s management team.

He will speak to the players at length on Friday to “clear the air” ahead of Saturday night’s game against Richmond.

Meanwhile, the Kangaroos are carrying out background checks on coaching options other than Clarkson, focusing on those with more experience – “probably”, the report says, meaning Leon Cameron, Ross Lyon and Ken Hinkley will leave Port, despite repeated claims by Adelaide.

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Speaking to reporters at Adelaide Airport on Thursday afternoon, Clarkson said he felt for the coaches of GWS, Essendon and North Melbourne.

Clarkson told reporters at Adelaide Airport on Thursday: “To be fair, it’s a shame to be at the center of all this.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for the three guys involved at their clubs, Spike (Mark) McVeigh, Trucker (Ben) Rutton and Patch (Leigh) Adams. They’re all great football people and they’re trying to do the right thing at their clubs.

“Especially in the trucking area, you know, with only one year left on the contract. It’s a shame to be the center of attention in such a difficult situation for him and the club.

“I wish I could get out of the backstage, I know full well that if I make a decision one way or the other, this circus will end. So the sooner I can do it, the better.”

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has spoken out about Root’s plight, calling the Bombers’ treatment of their coach “very poor”.

But a big decision is looming, as Clarkson plans to meet with management and his family on Thursday night.

“Returning to AFL footy is a big step forward in our long-term sacrifice as a family. We must pay due attention to that,” he said.

“I have a daughter in Brisbane and a son and daughter in Melbourne. We want the opportunity to sit down with them tonight and get their thoughts.

But I do this after talking to my managers. Hopefully by this time tomorrow she will be in better shape.

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