North Melbourne have been asked to make an immediate decision on who will coach the club for the next season. The trading period is only a few weeks away.
It comes after the Kangaroos confirmed that Rhyce Shaw took an extended personal vacation after a tough 2020 campaign for the team that finished 17th on the ladder with a 3-14 record.
Shaw has another year contract in North Melbourne. But his perpetual vacation means North may be considering contingency plans in case Shaw doesn’t train for the next season.
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Herald Sun. Journalist Jon Ralph reported on Fox Footy Friday night that Shaw was “very unlikely” to train next season but could still return in a pared-down role as an assistant coach.Legendary Hawthorn goalkicker Jason Dunstall said the kangaroos are now in a difficult but crucial position.
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“The difficulty here is that the health and wellbeing of Rhyce Shaw and his family are of the utmost importance and priority. Unfortunately, a club can’t stand still while things are going on, ”Dunstall told Fox Footy.
“As much as you will support him, you have to develop further – and you are currently in a critical phase.
“You are going through a critical phase in which you make strategic decisions about lists and players and which direction you are going. You don’t want to receive this, you want to be part of it when you ‘I’m coaching the team. ”
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Collingwood legend Tony Shaw told 3AW football on Friday night he had spoken to his brother Ray about Rhyce’s situation.
When asked if he knew if Rhyce would train North in 2021, former Pies trainer Tony Shaw said, “I’ll be honest, my brother said to me – and if he wants me to help his son, I have no worries with that too – but he just told me he didn’t question him, he wants to leave him to his own devices. He will support him and we will all support him, but he didn’t question him. ”
Tony Shaw said it was important for the Roos to call immediately who will coach the club for the next season.
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“In a way, I think sooner or later you have to come out and make a decision together – but not to your health,” Tony said.
“If so and you haven’t made that decision, I recommend the North Melbourne Footy Club. (If) there are other things behind the scenes and we find out about them later, we may not recommend them. But I just have to read how (the statement is) and that’s it. ”
The decision means Shaw, who replaced Brad Scott as the club’s interim coach for half of 2019 before being made full-time to appear before the 2020 season, is unlikely to be part of any other North List management during the upcoming AFL swap -Calls will be period.
Because of this, Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd said it was important that the club act quickly.
“It has to be what’s right for Rhyce first and foremost. But there would be a lot of players in North Melbourne who wonder where the club is going and become the coaches. If you weren’t under contract, you’d say, “OK, is Rhyce our coach or is it Paul Roos?” Lloyd said on 3AW.
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“I think that has to be a point where they have to say who the coach is taking forward. Otherwise there could be players who want to leave because they are so unsure about the football club. ”
Write in the Herald Sun., Chief soccer reporter and AFL 360 Co-host Mark Robinson said North had “no alternative” but to make sure Shaw doesn’t train the club for his own wellbeing for the next season.
“It doesn’t matter if Rhyce Shaw wants to be a senior coach next year. North Melbourne – and the AFL – have a responsibility to turn it down, ”wrote Robinson.
“After a stressful season that finally brought the coach to his knees at the end of the first week after the 23rd round, the kangaroos know that they have to take care of their beloved coach. The AFL too. ”
Former Bulldogs ruckman Luke Darcy said it was “an incredibly sad story, there is no other way to describe it,” while Richmond trainer Damien Hardwick said Shaw said a “speedy recovery”.
“People like Rhyce Shaw don’t grow on trees,” Hardwick said. “He is a special person.
“We just want him to jump back very quickly because people like him are great in the industry.”
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