Brad Scott is in his tenth year of coaching North Melbourne, and after leading his side to finals four out of five years between 2012 and 2016, they are currently sitting in 17th place in 2019.
Three-time All-Australian midfielder and former Kangaroo Nick Dal Santo believes that if the club commits to another rebuild, Brad Scott may find himself no longer a coach.
According to Dal Santo, history shows that if North Melbourne enter yet another redevelopment phase, he cannot see Scott sticking round the Roos.
“When you speak about whether he’ll be there (when things turn around), this could be three or four years of rebuild. That’s a different conversation. Now we’re talking 14 years at helm. Reality would say no (he won’t be there),” Dal Santo told SEN Afternoons.
“If that’s the case, and where they are right now, it’s a little easier in hindsight after six weeks to analyse their list and say it’s not up to scratch, they’re not playing great football, they have a lack of direction or whatever it may be, but we couldn’t analyse that before the season.
“I’ll put my hand up and say I was wrong. I didn’t think they were going to play finals, but for Brad to get to be there for four more years, he needs to be the next development coach as well, but he was already that coach when Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Michael Firrito and myself were moved on.
“The thought was that was when the development was coming, and we’re now three years into that. That’s seven years we’re now talking of Brad hypothetically being the development or rebuilding coach.
“No, I can’t see that happening.”
North Melbourne will be given the opportunity to secure their second win for the season as they face also struggling Carlton.