Essendon great and two-time Geelong premiership coach, Mark Thompson, has questioned whether North Melbourne coach Brad Scott deserves a new deal at the Kangaroos.
The 41-year-old Brisbane premiership player is contracted at the Roos until the end of next season and with reports circling Scott could be poached by a rival club, North has entered talks with their coach on a new deal.
However, Thompson has suggested Scott has not produced enough to warrant a contract extension beyond next season, which will be his ninth at the helm of the Roos.
“I don’t know whether they should or not, because he’s done an average job at an average club,” Thompson said.
“The critical moment for me — and the thing they’ll have to think about — is after eight years, halfway through 2016 after coming fourth and sixth and then having 13 wins and no losses, they’ve decided they’re going to rebuild in a year that they probably topped up.
“And they’re going to appoint a coach now who is probably going to take three years? That’s 11 years without being successful. I won a premiership in my seventh year, which was a record then, so they’re going to break all records.”
Scott has coached the Roos in 167 games, winning 86 games and losing 81. He has coached the club to two preliminary finals (2014 and 2015) and four finals appearances in his eight seasons at the club.
His most successful seasons in terms of games won in the home and season, came in 2012 and 2014, when he won 14 games and lost eight games in both seasons.
Scott has been linked with a possible move to both Collingwood and the Gold Coast Suns in recent months.