Alastair Clarkson is just weeks away from making the final call on his return to coaching in the AFL, but it may not be for the job in 2023.
Clarkson had a third meeting with GWS in his vacant coaching job on Wednesday, and is set to face North Melbourne this week.
Kangaroos president Sonia Hood has already met with Clarkson’s manager in Tasmania and will now take the next step to discuss the future of the four-time premiership coach.
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While many are predicting a two-horse race for Clarkson’s prestigious signing, Fox Footy’s Gerard Wylie believes the superstar coach will sit out another season and return in 2024.
“I don’t know if it’s either of the two jobs,” he told AFL 360.
“He always said August would be the time (to decide the future). We’re going to get ourselves into August so the next two weeks will be interesting.
“The fire was lit to get back into coaching.
“He will train again. Coaching next year will be the choice and choice of those two clubs, or if he keeps himself busy for another year, then he can see what comes after that.”
“It’s not Giants, North or Chest.
“If I’m stung (in Clarkson’s decision by GWS or North) it’s either of them.”
GWS have a number of suitors for their coaching job after Leon Cameron left mid-season.
They include caretaker Mark McVeigh, along with Melbourne assistant Adam Yates and Richmond assistant Adam Kingsley.
Earlier this week, former Australian cricket captain and proud North Melbourne fan Ricky Ponting pressed the club’s case, describing Clarkson as a “perfect fit”.
Two-time premiership rue Wayne Carey said landing Clarkson would give North Melbourne “automatic credibility”.
AFL360 co-host Mark Robinson said he hoped Clarkson would end up with the ‘Roos.
“Wayne Carey and Ricky Ponting make a very compelling case for football’s sensationalism,” he explained.
“I want to see Alastair Clarkson in North Melbourne.
“I would love for Alastair Clarkson to take this team and get them to the semi-finals or grand finals. And you sit back and say, ‘You’re probably the best coach of all time.’ And I’d love to see that. “
GWS chief executive Dave Matthews was prominent in the media on Wednesday confirming the club was reuniting with Clarkson.
Clarkson has taken a one-year break from AFL coaching after finishing at Hawthorns at the end of 2021.