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The jungle drums begin to beat as Alastair Clarkson returns to his first VFL/AFL home for the 2023 season as North Melbourne manager.

While this is at first glance a coup for the kangas – his appointment will please sponsors and the AFL, appease disaffected players and attract recruits – what else does Clarko bring to the table?

He left Hawthorn under less than ideal circumstances, having overseen a roster build that subsequently left much to be desired.

Tom Mitchell, Jaeger O’Meara, and Chad Wingard traded to Ryan Burton at the expense of high draft picks and a promising player.

While each of these players has put in solid performances – Mitchell, of course, won a brownlow in 2018 – it’s also up for debate whether any of them will play a key role in Hawthorn’s next Premiership side.

But the real discussion has to be about what kind of trainer the kangaroos actually need. When we rank Premiership coaches over the past 20 seasons, here’s what stands out.

1. Only three (Leigh Matthews twice and Mick Malthouse) of the last 20 premierships have been won by coaches who had coached another team before the team in which they had won a premiership

2. Only three Premiers have had a manager over 50 (Matthews twice and Malthouse again)

3. While there are outliers, it seems like it would take more than six seasons to develop into this elusive Premiership and those outliers generally bring some pretty clear circumstances.

Paul Roos took over from a relatively experienced Swans team that had reached the final in 2001 and reached a provisional final in his first full year in charge (2003). Clarkson, although he inherited a basketball hoop off the field, already had several future Hall of Famers on his roster and added three more to the draft just weeks after his appointment.

Whether the Hawks ended up with Jarryd Roughead and Buddy Franklin by accident or design depends on who you support!

Chris Scott inherited a team that included a number of all-time greats who are still in their prime for his 2011 premiership. John Longmire was the longtime heir to Roos in Sydney; Say what you like about the football media’s idolization of Roos in the years since, he didn’t squeeze every last ounce from this list before his departure – Longmire has still inherited a superb side.

More recently, Adam Simpson and Simon Goodwin both saluted in charge in their fifth season, but Simpson was called up to the best-resourced club in the country and Melbourne had about a dozen top-ten picks as well as a couple of roos years, allowing Goodwin to do so to inherit a team that was already past its worst.

Senior Coach Alastair Clarkson of the Hawks

(Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Given that, there are probably two questions that need to be answered now:

1. Are the kangaroos anywhere near as good as a list comparable to Goodwin’s Demons six years ago?

2. Do the Kangaroos have the off-field capacity to deal with someone like Clarko?

It’s difficult to make a case for the kangas list, even if it was in the same stratosphere as Melbourne’s when Goodwin took over.

Jason Horne-Francis is a number one and while we haven’t seen his best this year, his form against men in 2021 in the SANFL has been absolutely convincing and it would be a brave person to bet against a star of the Future.

Alongside him, however, players like Luke Davies-Uniacke, Tom Powell, Curtis Taylor and Bailey Scott are showing signs of being more than hands-on players. They’re backed by a pretty good group of slightly older guys – the likes of Nick Larkey, Cam Zurhaar, Jy Simpkin, Ben McKay and Luke McDonald.

The unknowns are Jaidyn Stephenson, Tarryn Thomas and Will Phillips – the first two have talent for firing but their bid failed to match that talent, while Phillips simply didn’t make it to the park due to glandular fever and other injuries that derailed him Year.

While there are many solid citizens in this group, I don’t think we see quality or depth that compares to Max Gawn, Christian Petracca, Clayton Oliver and co. at the demons.

However, it must be stressed that two of the most important players in Melbourne’s Premiership team came through trading the top ten draft picks – Jake Lever and Steven May. In addition, Luke Jackson and Kozzie Pickett – became important players in their Premiership – added after a terrible 2019 and some clever pick trades.

Ed Langdon was also added this off-season, basically for a second-round pick.

This shows that Kane Cornes wants to tell everyone that while you can’t rely on draft alone, you also need to identify gaps in your roster where a more mature or experienced player would be an advantage. Melbourne, like Hawthorn in the mid-2010s, did very, very well.

Alastair Clarkson

Alastair Clarkson. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

At the heart of the issues with hiring Clarko may be his desire to field his own team, which is his right.

There’s likely to be an overhaul of the strength and conditioning coaches, the medical team is likely on loan, and anyone who’s currently an assistant coach might as well scour SEEK for their next role… but it’s on the administrative and footballing side of things , where Clarko, rightly or wrongly, has really made his mark lately.

During Hawthorn’s peak years, he had Stuart Fox as CEO, Chris Fagan as his footy operations director, and Graham Wright in charge of the list. He trusted all of these men, and each of them was able to push him back and keep him in his lane when needed.

With Fox leaving for Melbourne Cricket Club and Fagan taking over the struggling Brisbane Lions, Clarko’s power base expanded significantly. Having just served as prime minister for three consecutive years, he was effectively free to do as he pleased.

We don’t have to worry about Clarko towering over the Kangas’ recruiting team – because there isn’t one – but are Ben Amarfio and Brady Rawlings likely to have the ability to hold their own against Clarko? Will he respect her enough to listen?

So, after all, what should the kangaroos do?

Clarko has said he wants more cutlery, so unlike Roos in Melbourne, it’s unlikely he has a three-year plan that includes handing over to one of his assistants at the end of 2025.

If the Roos appoint him, it will be on his terms: in the short term, he will improve them by making them more effective defensively, and there will be no doubt about their path.

But is he the man to take her to a flag? Attention buyers…

https://www.theroar.com.au/2022/08/06/buyer-beware-is-clarko-really-the-best-fit-for-the-roos/ Is Clarko really the best match for the Roos?



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