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Alastair Clarkson wants Todd Viney in North Melbourne, Daniel McPherson, Anthony Rocca and Heath Younie to leave the Kangaroos

By on August 25, 2022 0

North Melbourne and football boss Dan McPherson have severed ties after less than a year, paving the way for Alastair Clarkson to bring the much-loved Todd Viney to Arden St.

The Kangaroos confirmed Thursday that they have parted ways with McPherson, as well as assistant coaches Heath Younie and Anthony Rocca. AFL Media reported that the trio were informed of the club’s call on Thursday afternoon – six days after Clarkson was unveiled as North’s new manager.

The Kangaroos only appointed McPherson, who played 111 games for the Swans, in October last year after the club’s director of football role was split in two. McPherson was brought in to oversee, including coaching, high performance and medical, operations, player development and welfare, and soft cap management, while Brady Rawlings focused on recruiting, roster management and total player payouts.

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But under a new structure, Viney will oversee all on-field facets of the men’s and women’s soccer programs, including training, operations, high performance, medical services and player development. Rawlings will continue to lead the club’s recruitment and roster management team, but will now report to Viney

Viney will officially start in the part-time role on August 29 before moving to full-time on November 1.

“Todd is a highly respected figure in the game with a great sense of football, and he will be a huge asset to our club,” said North Melbourne chief executive Ben Amarfio.

“Todd’s vast experience in a range of football roles has given him an understanding of all aspects of the game. We look forward to him leading our football program and working alongside Alastair.

Todd Viney and Alastair Clarkson at Hawthorn in 2005.Source: Limited News

Younie joined the Kangaroos as assistant manager at the end of 2020 straight after David Noble was appointed manager, with the pair reuniting after working together at the Adelaide Crows. Noble was sacked in early July.

Rocca was also brought to the Kangaroos ahead of the 2021 season, taking on a development coaching role.

The club also parted ways with chief medical officer Clint Frazer last week.

“Dan is a quality person who has worked incredibly hard this year and done a lot of great work, but that’s the harsh reality of the industry when you’re restructuring a football department,” Amarfio said.

“The same goes for Heath and Anthony, who have been wonderful contributors to our club and have shown great commitment to their roles.”

The expectation in the AFL world before Clarkson joined North was that if appointed to a senior coaching position he would have a say in the appearance of the club’s football department.

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Clarkson reportedly spoke to several former lieutenants about their interest in joining him as part of his coaching panel earlier this month.

One was Viney, who was an assistant under Clarkson between 2005 and 2009, hasn’t played football since leaving Melbourne in 2019.

Former Melbourne teammate Garry Lyon told Fox Footy earlier this month that Viney would be “perfect” for the Kangaroos.

“He (Viney) is a very, very simple man: ‘If you don’t compete, you don’t play.’ He was huge on that at Hawthorn as a premiership-winning assistant coach, he was big on that in Adelaide and Melbourne, that was the recruiting philosophy,” Lyon told Fox Footy.

“I think he would be almost perfect (in North)…He has a property that is on the other side of town which would be an easy drive to Arden St I would have thought.

“If in fact that’s what’s happening, Arden St would have the best coach and they would have the best harness man by his side – and that would be a hit.”