North Melbourne and Essendon await where Alastair Clarkson will coach this weekend.
The four-time premiership coach has not ruled out a deal between the Kangaroos, who have offered a five-year contract after a month of talks, and the Bombers, who are considering a change of chairmanship this week.
Manager James Henderson said on Wednesday night that Clarkson was “moving towards a decision very quickly” and Kangaroos president Sonja Hood confirmed that was the case.
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The Kangaroos held a board meeting on Wednesday night, where Clarkson, their apparent plan to replace David Noble as senior coach, was widely discussed.
“We talked about a lot of things, including the coach for next year, and we’re very comfortable with the way things are,” she told Seven News.
“We’re confident we’ll know something by the end of the weekend, and we’re very happy with the way things are.
“We think we’ve pitched him well, he’s pitched us well, we understand where each other is at and we’ll see how it works.”
Naturally, once the Kangaroos learn of Clarkson’s decision, so will the Bombers, meaning his future will be announced by Sunday night.
Hood denied there had been an “ultimatum” given to Clarkson, but confirmed the club had asked for clarity on the former Hawthorn boss’s timetable ahead of Wednesday’s board meeting.
“We’ve had a good relationship with James[manager Henderson]all the way through,” she said.
We want to be clear about where things are, knowing that we can move to plan B if we need to go to plan B.
When asked to expand on who that Plan B coach might be, he said, “I’ll tell you what, if we need a Plan B, come back and ask me and I’ll give you all the details.”
The Kangaroos’ nine reserve targets include Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley, former GWS boss Leon Cameron and Melbourne assistant and Power premiership coach Mark Williams.
North Melbourne interim coach Leigh Adams has thrown his support behind the club’s Clarkson landing on Wednesday.
“I think it would be great if he comes to our club, but if he doesn’t, we’ll get the next best guy in,” Adams said.
“Whoever finishes his coaching career will find a special team that we feel has some good talent and can climb the ladder.
“I’m not 100 per cent sure what[Clarksons]is worth, but I know there are good people at this football club, not just the players but our staff here are fantastic.
“Hopefully, he’ll tug at the heartstrings a little bit that he’s a former player here, and he’ll understand the culture and the people at this place.”