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North Melbourne next coach, Alastair Clarkson, meeting with Ricky Ponting, Tasmania football team, podcast

Australian cricket great and North Melbourne fan Ricky Ponting will meet Alastair Clarkson this week to convince the four-time Premier League mentor to become the Kangaroos’ next senior coach.

North Melbourne have revealed the former Hawthorns boss is willing to coach Clarkson’s side in 2023. He confirmed that Ponting and Clarkson – both of whom have the same management – will meet this week.

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Ponting indicated that he would meet Clarkson this week when he spoke as part of it ‘The Believers: The Tasmanian AFL Journey’. Podcast in next week’s episode.

“Yes, absolutely (he wants to see Clarkson in charge). “If you’re looking for the right people at the right time, if you’re looking at the most successful coach and the most — (the best) coach in the last 10 or 12 years in the AFL, you’ve got a lot worse decisions to make than going. Try to get someone like that back to square one,” he said.

“That’s the other piece of the puzzle with him, obviously. From there he went to Melbourne as a player (and) I think he started his coaching career around Port Adelaide. I guess if you think about where the football club is now, it’s really not the same as when Hawthorn started there.

“I mean them – I think he said he thought it was going to be a seven-year journey and build back up to the grand finale. I think they won one after four (years).

Ponting labeled Clarkson a “perfect fit” for Rous and his long-suffering fans.

“It lights up the hopes of every member of where we are heading as a football club,” he said.

“It also sends a lot of good signals to everyone else in the AFL, you know, they’re not going to continue to accept what’s happened in the last couple of years.

They’re fair, they’re trying to bring in the best people they can and they’re trying to get this rebuild done as quickly as they can, so I think a lot of great messages will come out because of that.

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