MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 31: Cats head coach Chris Scott speaks to media during a Geelong Cats AFL media opportunity at Fox Studios on August 31, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Geelong has given coach Chris Scott as much time off as he needs to deal with the sudden death of his younger brother.

The younger brother of Chris and Brad Scott, who coach the Cats and Roos respectively, died in late November as a result of an anaphylactic shock due to an unusual nut allergy.

Cats’ CEO Brian Cook said Scott has been granted as much time off as he needs to deal witht the tragic loss.

“We’re expecting him to probably pop in a few times before Christmas but there is no requirement for him to do that,” Cook told the Geelong Advertiser.

“We’ve left that with him. If he comes back before Christmas, that’s great.

“But my understanding is we may not see him until after Christmas.

“It’s one of those human issues that we need to deal with.

“He’s going like any brother who has lost a brother.

“He’s getting over it and it will take time.

“People get scarred with these things. He’ll get over it in his own way and in his own time.”

Geelong’s pre-season program is currently being overseen by director of coaching Simon Lloyd.