Alastair Clarkson Takes Indefinite Leave from North Melbourne: Interim Coach Appointed
In a recent announcement, North Melbourne has revealed that head coach Alastair Clarkson will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the club. Brett Ratten has been appointed as the interim coach during Clarkson’s absence.
The decision comes as Clarkson has been under investigation for racism allegations that surfaced during his tenure at Hawthorn. Despite vehemently denying these allegations, the weight of the ongoing investigation seems to have taken its toll on the 55-year-old coach.
Sonja Hood, the president of North Melbourne, acknowledged the impact of the Hawthorn investigation on Clarkson’s well-being. Hood expressed the club’s full support for Clarkson’s decision, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing his health.
During his absence, the club will rally behind its strong leadership to support and coach the team. Hood expressed gratitude for having someone of Brett Ratten’s caliber and experience step in as the interim coach.
In recent interviews, Clarkson expressed frustration at not being able to share his side of the story regarding the investigation. He also criticized the chairperson of the investigation and the Hawthorn Football Club for mishandling the initial inquiry.
North Melbourne has been facing a challenging period, having lost their last seven games. In their past five matches, they have been unable to come within five goals of their opponents.