MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 19: Brad Scott, Senior Coach of the Kangaroos looks on during the 2019 AFL round 05 match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Essendon Bombers at Marvel Stadium on April 19, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

David King believes it’s only a matter of time before we see Brad Scott coaching St Kilda.

With Alan Richardson’s future at the Saints in doubt, King believes Scott – who left North Melbourne a month ago – would be the perfect replacement.

“I think it’s incredibly difficult for him to keep the faith of the group. As a player, you know when his message has lost total 100 per cent support from the football club and it has, there’s no other way of looking at it,” he told SEN’s Whateley.

“You can pick apart players, you can pick apart styles and all those sorts of things, but all the talk is about winning a final. It’s an incredibly difficult trigger for the next year of contract.

“I think the trigger really is for Alan to win 12 games or less and for Brad Scott to reach his trigger and come and take control and come and be the coach.

“I think that was likely to happen the moment he walked from North Melbourne. They said they were going down a different path and a different direction to the Kangaroos, that’s the way you walk. There’s no other option but to move the coach on at that point.

“Now there’s Carlton and there’s St Kilda on the radar. I’d be staggered if he wasn’t coaching St Kilda next year.

“That’s where I sit and I think it’s a really difficult position for Alan Richardson to be in. I think it’s an unfair position. I think they’ve made their mind up, it’s just a matter of the weeks ticking by.

“The players would know that. This is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.”