SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21: Alastair Clarkson, coach of the Hawks, looks on during the round 14 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Sydney Cricket Ground on June 21, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The AFL season is moving along at a lightning pace with the final 6 rounds of the season on the horizon as the true premiership contenders begin to emerge.

There are some teams though that are starting to fall off the pace and questions are starting to be asked.

Here are five coaches who are under pressure as we enter the final third of the season.


5. Rhyce Shaw

When Brad Scott was removed as coach halfway through last season, major changes were expected at North Melbourne and new coach Rhyce Shaw was touted as bringing these changes to the club.

One year on at North, a sense of deja vu surrounds the Kangaroos. The youngsters such as Nick Larkey, Cam Zurhaar and especially Jye Simpkin have been impressive but the team performances and lack of impact from senior figures such as Ben Brown and Jared Polec have left North Melbourne lagging.

With only one win since Round 2, if things don’t improve for North you’d expect major questions will be asked of not just Shaw but the entire Kangaroos organization as a whole.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 31: Interim coach of the Kangaroos Rhyce Shaw looks on during the round 11 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Richmond Tigers at Marvel Stadium on May 31, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)