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Four-time Premier League manager Alastair Clarkson is reportedly seeking £1.6m per season to return to coaching.

Clarkson and AFL360’s Gerard Wyllie hosted a function on Friday where the Hawks adviser put North Melbourne to bed with big payday rumours.

“How clear do you want me to be?” Whateley said on SEN when asked about Clarkson’s reaction.

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“(He said) bulls**t.

That was Alastair Clarkson’s response to what was in the public domain about $1.6 million to join North Melbourne.

Willie Clarkson said he had had “fetal discussions” with GWS, but had had “no contact” from North Melbourne.

“I think it’s fair to interpret that he’s disappointed by the speculation, and it’s clear he’s not going to choose the club, he can’t do that, he’s going to challenge the club to choose him if he arrives. But the platform believes in the line-up, he specifically mentioned the president and the CEO, and the club has to believe in him and he has to believe in the club,” explained Whaley.

Whateley AFL360 co-producer Mark Robinson said the £1.6m per season

$6.9 million next year will cover all football club fees. “It’s unbelievable that someone would be so selfish as to say, ‘I need $1.6 million to train this team,'” Robinson said on 3AW.

“You are not the right person (if this).

“I’m not saying Alastair Clarkson is selfish… but that figure is out of whack. The four or five clubs I’ve spoken to (about that annual figure) are tight fisted.

GWS board member and former Geelong great Jimmy Bartel admitted the club had been “in talks” with Clarkson since Leon Cameron left the Giants this year.

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But Clarkson says he’ll have to take on more roles if he wants to command such a high salary.

“If someone takes $1.60 or more than $1 million, you’ve got to make a sacrifice somewhere,” he said on 3AW.

For $1.6M unless Clark takes out the wizards hat, does some physio and does his overtime work on top.. (that’s not worth it).

Mark Robinson believes there are only two coaches in the AFL who command a million dollar pay check – Richmond’s three-time premiership coach Damien Hardwick and Sydney’s 2012 premiership coach John Longmire.

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