North Melbourne is in talks with long-time AFL administrator Geoff Walsh about a part-time consultancy role in a bid to help fix the club’s on-field woes, according to multiple reports.
It comes in the midst of a dire season for the Kangaroos, who’ve dropped 11-straight games to currently sit 17th on the ladder with a percentage of just 52.3 with one win.
Walsh has worked in the AFL administration for 36 years at four different clubs including North and helped influence in four premierships, 10 grand final appearances and 25 finals series.
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The former Magpies football boss most recently served on an external panel that reviewed Carlton’s football department last year and led to the sackings of then coach David Teague and CEO Cain Liddle.
Speaking on Channel 9’s Footy Classified, veteran journalist CarolineWilson confirmed Walsh, who’s already working as a consultant for the AFL for a potential 19th team’s list management, could link up with the Roos in a role that currently isn’t clear.
And Wilson believes it’ll put more pressure on Noble, saying she thinks North will eventually part ways with him despite having the club’s backing amid its struggles and reports he’s become disenchanted with the playing group.
“We know what happened when Geoff Walsh went to Carlton last year and ran that review,” she said.
“I don’t know whether the role North is envisioning for Walsh is a short-term consultant to just in and have a look, or a role like he played last year.”
“It’s an important turning point I think in the North Melbourne story. I think it’s a good thing if it happens and if Geoff goes there, he’s a person who knows the football club inside and out.
“There will be changes at that football club next year and I believe the coach will be one of them.”
Former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire questioned if the Roos are set to appoint the person to “pull the trigger” on Noble.
“Geoff Walsh doesn’t come in to sing Kumbaya,” he said.
It comes after the Roos have already had three key recruiters departing the club last month, while there’s been speculation around prized Pick 1 draftee Jason Horne-Francis’ future after he put off contract talks.
Wilson explained that she didn’t think Noble would be at the club next year “based on history and results.”
Noble has a 5-1-29 record in total since taking the helm at the start of the 2021 season.
“Only Worst Coast is marginally worse (on the current ladder) and a different situation, but equally woeful at the moment,” she said.
“I feel as though with David Noble and his players that there’s a disconnect now that is too damaging to come back from.
“I’m not saying I’ve been told that’s going to happen, I can’t prove it’s going to happen, I might be wrong. If you stood me against a wall now I would say, ‘he’s gone’ — I hate to be brutal, but I think he’s gone.”