The appointment of Brad Scott to the role of senior coach at North Melbourne was lauded as visionary. And it seems to be unfolding as hoped. But would you offer him a contract extension?
In just his second season, Scott has provided all North supporters with a clear indication of where the team is headed. He’s not content to steal victories and cover over cracks within the team – something which, in retrospect, Dean Laidley could be accused of.
Scott wants North Melbourne playing footy that wins finals. Footy that plays to win on our own terms, rather than breaking down the opposition. It has certainly given me untold belief in Scott’s direction.
Contracted until the end of the 2012 season, James Brayshaw recently intimated that the club executive will consider offering him a contract extension at season’s end. Would you do the same?
I’m not 100%.
At season’s end, we’ll know more. If North make the finals and win one, I’d be keen to re-negotiate the package. Scott is be one of the lowest paid senior coaches in the AFL and that would need to be addressed.
But even in this scenario, extending his contract could be considered risky. Things can turn extremely quickly (see St Kilda) and clubs need flexibility. While I’m all for sticking fat behind a proven coach, Scott isn’t quite there yet.
This risk needs to be balanced with the risk of Scott getting lured elsewhere. But unless there was some serious mismanagement, I really can’t see Scott leaving. Yes, we need to look after him, but we don’t need to get ahead of ourselves. Essendon did exactly that with Matthew Knights and it cost them a fortune (much to my amusement).
Adelaide’s relationship with Neil Craig is an interesting one to ponder. He’s not on a fixed-term contract, he’s just considered an on-going employee. Either party can part ways without any real complications. I think it’s a model worth looking at.
If the rest of North’s season continues on same the upward trajectory as its been, irrespective of a finals berth, I’m thinking North give Scott a pay rise and leave the rest as is. Look after him, provide him with real incentive to stay and perform, but fixed-term contracts seem a bit old fashioned to me when it comes to coaches.
Let’s just treat him like most executives in the workforce – with respect and dignity.
And for Christ’s sake, hook the man up with one of North’s finest and he’ll be ours forever!