Carlton cop demoralising new blow in search for head coach

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Seen here, Brad Scott and former Carlton coach David Teague.
Brad Scott won't take over from sacked Carlton coach David Teague after taking up a role with the AFL. Pic: Getty

Carlton's quest to find a replacement for sacked coach David Teague has taken another twist, with former North Melbourne mentor Brad Scott the latest potential candidate to be scratched off the list.

The Blues have been on the lookout for a new coach after the controversial sacking of David Teague last month.

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Four-time Hawthorn premiership mastermind Alastair Clarkson was immediately viewed as the frontrunner before ruling himself out after declaring he wants a break from the game.

Former St Kilda and Fremantle mentor Ross Lyon then emerged as the most likely candidate before reports emerged earlier this month that he'd pulled out of the running.

Scott - who led the Kangaroos to two preliminary finals between 2010 and 2019 - was understood to be on the radar of the Blues as well.

However, the former Kangaroos mentor has confirmed that he's taken up a senior role within the AFL.

Scott appeared among the leading contenders to succeed Teague but has instead been appointed the AFL's general manager of football.

The 45-year-old will report to Andrew Dillon and work alongside Laura Kane, who has joined the AFL from the Kangaroos as the league's general manager of competition management.

Dillon had been the AFL's interim football department boss since Steve Hocking's July departure and he will take on the role permanently, adding football operations to his other portfolios - legal and integrity - while he will no longer run game development.

Pictured here, former AFL coaches Alastair Clarkson and Ross Lyon.
Alastair Clarkson and Ross Lyon are also out of the running for the Carlton job. Pic: Getty

AFL excited to welcome Brad Scott on board

Scott most recently worked as the head of AFL Victoria after his decade-long stint as coach of North Melbourne.

His new portfolio includes umpiring, talent pathways, game analysis and list management, the match review officer, tribunal and review system, the competition committee and player education.

"Brad's transition from coaching to administrator over the last 18 months has impressed everyone he has worked with, both within our organisation, across the 18 clubs and within community football in Victoria," AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said.

"Brad has firsthand experience in dealing with all aspects of AFL football, from coming through our talent pathway program, to premiership player, assistant coach, senior coach and most recently as an AFL administrator, and his leadership and resilience throughout is what has set him apart."

Kane will be responsible for football operations and competition management for all AFL-run competitions, including AFL, AFLW, VFL and VFLW, along with COVID-19 management and football projects.

She was North Melbourne's general manager of strategy and football operations and was previously the Kangaroos' head of football operations.

Kane is a current member of the AFL competition committee and has also been part of the AFLW competition committee.

with AAP

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