North Melbourne’s new coach, Alastair Clarkson has spoken about how the club helped him through a dark time when he was younger. Check it out

Alastair Clarkson : Press conference| Wife |Richmond

Clarkson was appointed senior coach of Hawthorn at the end of the 2004 season, in which the club had placed second-last.

Alastair Clarkson : Press conference| Wife |Richmond

Personal information
Full name Alastair Clarkson
Nickname(s) Clarko
Date of birth 27 April 1968 (age 54)
      Original team(s)        Kaniva (TFL)
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Position(s) Forward / Midfielder

Hawthorn returned to the finals in 2007, Clarkson’s third season in charge, and the following year defeated Geelong in the grand final to claim their first premiership since 1991.

From 2012 to 2015, Clarkson cemented his place in club history by coaching Hawthorn to four consecutive grand finals.

The Hawks emerged victorious in 2013, 2014, and 2015, becoming only the sixth team in league history to win three consecutive premierships.

Clarkson is one of the few men to have coached four premiership teams and is widely considered among the most innovative and successful coaches in AFL history.

Press conference 

Alastair Clarkson is officially returning to the AFL coaching ranks, joining North Melbourne on a five-year deal celebrated as a homecoming by the club.

Now the four-time AFL premiership winner has fronted up to explain why he has made the move to Arden St despite a late charge from Essendon.

Alastair Clarkson : Press conference| Wife |Richmond

Clarkson shared his regret that a “good man” in Bombers coach Ben Rutten, under contract for 2023, had been caught up in the “circus”.

But he admitted Essendon had also entered the conversation too late to be a serious player for his services, in what had been a race between North and GWS.

“That’s football, you can’t be in control of that. That’s something that came from left field and it’s probably out of respect for the club that I needed to listen to what they had to say,” Clarkson said of the Dons.

“There were guys there like Tim Watson and Dave Barham, who I’ve got enormous regard for. I’d be silly not to explore it if it was there. The circumstances were a little bit unsavoury, to be fair, but that’s the environment we live in sometimes. It’s a brutal and ruthless game.

“I met briefly with David Barham on Tuesday. We were just so far down the track with the North Melbourne and GWS decision, that whole process came far too late to give it serious consideration.

Alastair Clarkson wife

Alastair Clarkson was born on 27 April 1968 in Australia. According to social media reports his relationship status is married and His Wife’s name is Caryn Clarkson. 

Alastair Clarkson : Press conference| Wife |Richmond

Alastair Clarkson was born on 27 April 1968 in Australia.

He is a famous and professional Australian rules football coach and former player. He did his education at Ballarat Clarendon College and Monash University Faculty of Business and Economics.

His nationality is Australian. Between 2005 and 2021, Alastair was the head coach of the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League.


Richmond will ignore Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson’s plea to re-sign coach Damien Hardwick.

Clarkson, a close friend of Hardwick, on Monday urged the Tigers to re-sign Hardwick or risk the issue becoming a distraction through the season.

“They’ll be crazy if they don’t reappoint him and reappoint him soon,” Clarkson told Fox Footy’s On The Couch.

Alastair Clarkson : Press conference| Wife |Richmond

But Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale said on Tuesday the club would continue its process.

“They are good friends professionally and personally, good loyal mates, so I can understand why ‘Clarko’ might make those comments,” Gale said.

“But it won’t have any bearing on us whatsoever.

“People will have opinions, but we won’t be supplying a running commentary on Damien … and we will make an announcement at a time of our choosing.”

Gale said comments such as Clarkson’s did not put pressure on the club’s process.

“I respect people’s opinion in the game, but they have no bearing,” Gale said.

“And we know our members and supporters will have opinions, and clearly I understand why ‘Clarko’ has an opinion, but we have a process in place.”

By Rishabh

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