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AFL: Rhyce Shaw to coach Roos for rest of 2019

Brad Scott is applauded by North Melbourne staff after Saturday night's win. Photo: Getty
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Brad Scott has officially left the North Melbourne coaching job, with Rhyce Shaw to guide the Kangaroos for the rest of the AFL season.

Scott fronted a press conference with North chairman Ben Buckley at Arden Street on Sunday where they confirmed his mutually agreed departure.

“The strategic direction that Ben Buckley alluded to was built on my theory of doing what is best for the club,” Scott said.

“I said that in my view, the club needs fresh air to do what it needs to do. In order to do that, I made the offer to step aside.”

Saturday’s 25-point win over the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium was Scott’s 211th match in charge of the Roos since 2010, the result leaving him with a record of 106 wins and 105 losses.

Shaw played 237 games for Sydney and Collingwood and was a member of the Swans 2012 premiership team.

Scott said he would always want the best for the Kangaroos.

“The day I set foot into North Melbourne, I realised that this is a really unique football club,” he said.

“I’ve been fortunate to be a part of four AFL clubs, and there is something special here.

“As for my future, I can categorically say that my future involves being the best husband and golfer I can be, and I’ll be cheering North Melbourne on.”

North Melbourne chairman Ben Buckley said the club would have a strong process to find a new permanent coach.

“We’re in a very strong financial position, I don’t think it’s ever been stronger,” Buckley said.

“We are in a position to find the best coach, and we will leave no stone unturned in doing that. We’ve got the resources to attract the very best.”