Alastair Clarkson will coach North Melbourne in 2023, beating out Essendon for the four-time premiership boss’ signature. Check it out here.
Alastair Clarkson : North melbourne | Essendon
Alastair Clarkson is an Australian rules football coach and former player.
|Full name||Alastair Clarkson|
|Date of birth||27 April 1968|
|Original team(s)||Kaniva (TFL)|
|Height||177 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||79 kg (174 lb)|
|Position(s)||Forward / Midfielder|
He was the head coach of the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) between 2005 and 2021, and is set to coach the North Melbourne Football Club from 2023.
Hailing from the small town of Kaniva, Victoria, Clarkson played eleven seasons of AFL football – nine for North Melbourne (1987–1995) followed by two for Melbourne (1996–1997). He played 134 games in total, playing either in the midfield or on the half-forward flanks.
After retiring from playing, Clarkson served for periods as an assistant coach at St Kilda (1999), head coach of VFL club Werribee (2000), head coach of SANFL club Central District (2001–2002), and assistant coach at Port Adelaide (2003–2004).
Alastair Clarkson will coach North Melbourne in 2023, beating out Essendon for the four-time premiership boss’ signature.
The Kangaroos on Friday morning confirmed the super coach would join the club on a five-year deal, putting an end to week-long speculation around his much-anticipated decision.
In a letter to members, president Sonja Hood described the coup as a “real watershed moment for our club”.
“I’m delighted to announce that last night Alastair Clarkson agreed to coach the North Melbourne Football Club for the next five seasons, Hood said.
“Our former number 23, Shinboner #781, and four-time premiership coach will lead our talented, young group from 2023 until at least 2027.
“This is a real watershed moment for our club. I am writing to share it with members and supporters first … this is a moment for all of us.
“Today is a good day. Alastair’s coming home. To our home.”
Hood praised Clarkson and his manager James Henderson for how the handled the delicate negotations.
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Alastair Clarkson picks North Melbourne over Essendon in seismic AFL coaching decision
Four-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson will lead his former club North Melbourne from 2023 and beyond, turning his back on a potential deal with Essendon.
After weeks of speculation, Clarkson’s manager James Henderson confirmed on Friday morning the 54-year-old had signed with the Kangaroos on a five-year deal.
He will become the club’s fourth coach in five years.
According to reports, the deal is worth approximately $1.1 million per season.
“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,” North Melbourne president Dr Sonja Hood said in a statement.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the professionalism of Alastair and his manager James Henderson over this past four weeks. We’ve had a crash course in getting to know each other and Alastair’s passion to drive our club back to where we belong is incredibly infectious.”
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