With finals almost impossible and a young core of talent – North have identifying a new coach to implement a revitalised culture at Arden Street as the solution to the struggling club.
With Sydney having only missed finals once in 17 years (2009) – the club has finally committed to a rebuild and blooding the youngsters. A 5-8 record and likely needing a bare minimum six wins in the run home to keep the current 10-year streak alive, a coaching change could be on the cards up in New South Wales.
Longmire was a goal-kicking machine for the high powered Kangaroos sides of the 90’s and helped the club to premiership glory in 1999. Playing 200 games and scoring over 500 goals at Arden Street, the Roos are keen to swoop on the Swans coach.
And Longmire’s manager Liam Pickering has confirmed contact has been made by North Melbourne to acquire his services.
“I’ve had a call from North,” Pickering told SEN Breakfast.
“I’m not really that surprised that I’ve had a discussion. I thought it would come and I got a phone call from their president.
“I did have a discussion with Benny (Buckley).”
Pickering added: “He is an ex-teammate of mine, I know him pretty well.
“That’s not a real surprise. Apart form that, discussions with Sydney where it’s all going good.”
Longmire is contracted until the end of the 2020 season with the Swans and has spent over a decade at the club assisting Paul Roos before becoming full time senior coach.
His 65% win ratio is second amongst current coaches (not including caretakers) and despite the Kangaroos having won a few games under Rhyce Shaw, the club is looking for a more permanent and experienced option.
Alastair Clarkson’s name has also been floated around a potential high-profile switch, so only time will tell but the 2020 season could look a whole lot different from a coaching standpoint.