AFL: Alastair Clarkson chooses North Melbourne over Essendon

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North Melbourne fans erupted on Friday morning as news of Alastair Clarkson’s decision to coach the Kangaroos sent social media into meltdown.

After a week of attention Clarkson, a four-time premiership-winning coach, called “embarrassing”, reports emerged he had opted to take over the club where he began his playing career, rebuffing a late approach from Essendon.

While it was thought a decision would come over the weekend, multiple reports emerged that Clarkson had signed the five-year deal put to him by North to end all speculation.

The club confirmed Clarkson was “coming home” in a message from president Sonia Hood.

“Our former number 23, Shinboner #781, and four-time premiership coach will lead our talented, young group from 2023 until at least 2027,” Hood said.

“This is a real watershed moment for our club, and I am writing to share it with members first – we’ll talk to media later today, but for now, this is a moment for all of us.”

The reaction from North fans was euphoric, with even the club’s former long-time media manager, Heath O’Loughlin, declaring that Hood had not landed a big fish but “pulled in an orca”.

On Thursday, Clarkson admitted he felt for other coaches, including Ben Rutten at Essendon, who had been dragged into the saga.

“It’s quite embarrassing, to be fair, to be such a central figure in all this,” he said.

“I’ve got enormous respect for the three guys involved in their clubs, Spike (Mark) McVeigh, Truck (Ben) Rutten and Patch (Leigh) Adams. They’re all terrific football people and they’re trying to do the right things by their clubs.

“And in particular the situation around Truck, you know, he’s still got a year of his contract to run. It’s quite embarrassing being the centre of attention in a situation where it’s just so difficult for him and his club.

“I’d prefer to be able to get off the back page. I know full well this circus will end once I make a decision one way or the other, so the sooner I can do that the better.”

Rutten’s manager, former Essendon premiership player Adam Ramanauskas, also hit out at the poor treatment by the Bombers, who could yet be on the lookout for a replacement in 2023.

“I think it’s been really disappointing. You’ve got to look at the human side … the way he’s been treated is fundamentally not right,” Ramanauskas said on RSN radio.

“It’s fair to say Monday and half of Tuesday were pretty difficult days because nobody was telling him what was going on. He was calling a lot of people and wasn’t getting much response back.”

Originally published as AFL 2022: ’Pulled in an orca’: AFL world erupts over Alastair Clarkson’s move


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