North Melbourne president Sonja Hood has yet to speak to Alastair Clarkson about the club’s coaching vacancy and says she “doesn’t know at this stage” when such talks will take place.
The 18th-placed Kangaroos are on the hunt for their next senior coach after parting ways with David Noble last week, with reports suggesting they are the frontrunners to sign the great Clarkson.
But speaking on SEN radio, the club are still working out how to approach the four-time Premier League boss directly, confirming they have previously only spoken to management.
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“We talked about this at the board meeting on Wednesday night. We are working on a process to get the right people around the table,” she said.
“Our previous two coaches didn’t last long, did they? So it’s our duty to be honest about what happened there and to be really clear about what we want to do going forward.
Clarkson, who has been in contact with the Giants regarding their coaching opening, is believed to be seeking a $1.6 million deal in his next contract.
And Hood refused to speculate on how much soft cap funding would be allocated to North’s next top coach.
“My philosophy is that I have a chief executive officer and a chief financial officer and a chief of staff to address those issues, and my philosophy as president is that we cannot spend more than we can afford. There is a boss.
She confirmed that there will be a panel to select the next trainer from those who have previous experience and are currently working in the industry.
“Honestly, the biggest decision I want to make is two weeks ago,” said Hood, who was asked by Power great Ken Cornes to provide more details on the process of hiring their next coach. “
“You can’t finish the next one,” said Cornes, and Hood replied, ‘No, I can’t, you’re absolutely right.
“Do we have a number on the shortlist? I can’t share that with you. I won’t tell you who’s on the panel. We haven’t fully decided yet. Instead of making a quick decision, we’ll make the right decision.
North Melbourne, which has won two games this season, met with the AFL earlier this week to begin the process of requesting priority.
Hood said she was not part of the meeting but felt it was “received positively” by the AFL.
And on Wednesday, Geoff Walsh presented the findings of his four-week review of the club’s football department to the Kangaroos board. Hood now sets the record straight in a written report before speaking to fans and members.
Asked if there was conflicting feedback, Hood said, “Maybe not really.” There are a lot of positive things in it, so it’s a great read. And there are things that confirm my view of what’s going on.”
She said Walsh made approximately 15 recommendations in total.
“Geoff came in and talked to us at a high level about what he’s done, what his goals are, where his limitations are and what his overall observations are,” the North president said.
“He broke it down into a sense of environment and observability, and ultimately gave us some recommendations. On what wasn’t working, on what we needed to look at more or work on.”