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Snake_Baker

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"The kangas too are on a rebuild".

How so? The draft and youth haven't been prioritised. We've chased and/or recruited mature age players. We don't play proportionately more young players than anyone else.

Robbo gave the club an out it doesn't deserve.
I think you are giving him too much credit.

It's not as if he actually has a clue.
 

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When did we start ghost writing his articles?
Its still shit and factually wrong. For example:

If they lose to Adelaide on Saturday at home, the finals are shot and the season is a mess.
Scott would be in unfamiliar territory.


It was familiar enough 2 years ago at 0 - 3 and needing to win to not miss finals.

If he said I ghost writ that shit I'd punch him.
 

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The disgruntled fans say he can’t coach. It’s a ridiculous assertion.

They didn’t say that last year when he won 12 games and they didn’t that say when he led at halftime against Brisbane (Round 2) and Hawthorn (Round 3).

Still, the buck stops with the coach.

What is his game plan?
'Chief football writer' goes from saying Brad's a good coach to asking how he coaches in the space of five lines. Always good for some comedy is Robbo.
 

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"The kangas too are on a rebuild".

How so? The draft and youth haven't been prioritised. We've chased and/or recruited mature age players. We don't play proportionately more young players than anyone else.

Robbo gave the club an out it doesn't deserve.
To be fair, they managed to bring in Polec, Pittard & Hall whilst still drafting Thomas, Scott, Taylor & Crocker
 

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"The kangas too are on a rebuild".

How so? The draft and youth haven't been prioritised. We've chased and/or recruited mature age players. We don't play proportionately more young players than anyone else.

Robbo gave the club an out it doesn't deserve.
On the turps again.
 

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'Chief football writer' goes from saying Brad's a good coach to asking how he coaches in the space of five lines. Always good for some comedy is Robbo.
Putting the content aside, it's got to be one of the worst written articles I've seen. A series of random sentences and paragraphs without much sense of coherence, sequence or logic.

But the ghost writing bit is probably right. Must get all his material from Snake.
 

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The article may be all over the place but I’m glad that player development, team selection, game plan, drafting etc have been raised and will be scrutinized furthermore should we continue losing .

Scotts has had a cruisy ride with the media for a decade now, no more flying under the radar. The sales pitches and bullshit are over.




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The article may be all over the place but I’m glad that player development, team selection, game plan, drafting etc have been raised and will be scrutinized furthermore should we continue losing .

Scotts has had a cruisy ride with the media for a decade now, no more flying under the radar. The sales pitches and bullshit are over.




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True.

I want us to win this weekend and the media reaction to be "So. Its Adelaide FFS."
 
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True.

I want us to win this weekend and the media reaction to be "So. Its Adelaide FFS."
Agreed. One win shouldn't get us off the hook but knowing how soft the media are on scott and how irrelevent the club is treated as a whole, I imagine that won't be the case.
 

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Putting the content aside, it's got to be one of the worst written articles I've seen. A series of random sentences and paragraphs without much sense of coherence, sequence or logic.

But the ghost writing bit is probably right. Must get all his material from Snake.
I liked the article
About time the blow torch was applied to this club on road to nowhere, good onya robbo
Drafting is a bombsight
Team selection awful
There ain’t one young promising fwd or defender on the list outside of brown
That’s 11 new players to be drafted alone
Going to get much worse before it’s gets better
I wouldn’t mind if we played kids and dropped under performing established players to set a standard and a message.
The whole club needs a clean out.
 

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I liked the article
About time the blow torch was applied to this club on road to nowhere, good onya robbo
Drafting is a bombsight
Team selection awful
There ain’t one young promising fwd or defender on the list outside of brown
That’s 11 new players to be drafted alone
Going to get much worse before it’s gets better
I wouldn’t mind if we played kids and dropped under performing established players to set a standard and a message.
The whole club needs a clean out.
I wasn't commenting on the content.
 

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Have the General Managers for People & Culture, Community Engagement & Dolphins and Unicorns approved this?

Has a clause been inserted requiring two women to also kick for goals?
Tiresome. You must have a few core phrases, derived from Alan Jones, on a short repeat cycle.
 

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Putting the content aside, it's got to be one of the worst written articles I've seen. A series of random sentences and paragraphs without much sense of coherence, sequence or logic.

But the ghost writing bit is probably right. Must get all his material from Snake.
He was the understudy to Noddy Sheahan for many years; similarities abound between the two
 

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North Melbourne fans are crying out for a win this season, writes Mark Robinson

APRIL 12, 2019

They want a win. Any win.

It’s desperate at Carlton.

They have won three games and lost 32 from their past 35 games.
No other coach in the history of the game has survived such a perilous period.

Brendon Bolton has because the Blues gave themselves an out. They embarked on the mother-of-all rebuilds. But it’s now year four and the fans want a win.

They play Gold Coast on Sunday on the road. If it’s a loss, the scrutiny will sharpen on Monday.

The Suns weren’t supposed to win a game this year and if they beat the Blues, they will have three. The Blues will be 0-4.
That hurts Bolton because Suns coach Stuart Dew can mastermind victories with a youngish team and Bolton can’t.
At North Melbourne, there is also frustration.

Both the playing group and the coach, Brad Scott, are in the crosshairs.

The club is being inundated with telephone calls and emails.

The fans are angry with selection, angry with Scott, angry that after a summer of reasonable recruiting, they are 0-3.
If they lose to Adelaide on Saturday at home, the finals are shot and the season is a mess.
Scott would be in unfamiliar territory.

He’s been a good coach for North Melbourne, a loyal coach since joining in 2010, and if he sees out his contract, he will surpass Denis Pagan in years coached.

That’s a long-time without a premiership.
The Kangas, too, are on a rebuild.

Kangaroos players walk off the MCG last weekend after their loss to Hawthorn. Picture: Getty Images
And if the natives are fair dinkum about laying the boots into the coach, they should also direct their anger at drafting and list management.
One veteran recruiter once said that two bad years at the draft could set a club back for eight years.
North Melbourne’s drafting since 2010 is a debacle.

Ben Brown at No.47 in 2013 is top of the pops, while Ben Jacobs at No.37 in 2012 is valuable but too often unavailable.
Luke McDonald (No.8 in 2013) and Shaun Atley (No.17 in 2010) have played but are hardly top liners, while Mason Wood (No.41 in 2012) plays one good game in five and has been in the VFL.
Most of the rest are ghosts.
There is promise with Jy Simpkin and Luke Davies-Uniacke and the 2018 draft can’t really be judged.
But all in all it’s horror reading.

Former recruiting manager Bryce Lewis was replaced two years ago, while current football boss Cam Joyce, who was list manager from 2008 to 2016, also must take ownership for the poor drafting.

It’s why North has had to be aggressive with trading and free agency.

They had more holes in their list than dam full of summer yabbies.

To hammer home that point: Just what happens if Brown gets injured?

Fans are angry with coach Brad Scott after the club’s 0-3 start to the season. Picture: Michael Klein.

Another pertinent question is: Why have so many drafted players failed at North Melbourne?

The same was said of Melbourne in its dark years until Paul Roos arrived followed by Brendan McCartney.

The Kangas may have over achieved last year, winning 12 games and narrowly missing finals, but the fact is they won 12 games.
Expectations grew as such.
Add Jared Polec, Jasper Pittard, Dom Tyson and Aaron Hall, and expectation was usurped by excitement.
Scott’s an intriguing talking point.

In his 10th year, there’s an argument he’s had long enough and at the end of this year, despite having another 12 months on his contract, Scott may decide it’s time for a new start.

He’s always put the club first and said as much when he retired Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Michael Firrito and Nick Dal Santo.
The disgruntled fans say he can’t coach. It’s a ridiculous assertion.

They didn’t say that last year when he won 12 games and they didn’t that say when he led at halftime against Brisbane (Round 2) and Hawthorn (Round 3).

Still, the buck stops with the coach.

What is his game plan?

At Hawthorn it is system and control. Essendon is speed and slingshot. Collingwood is high volume possession. Richmond is forward territory. Melbourne is contested and territory.

But what is North Melbourne’s identifiable trademark? They are currently No.16 in the competition for pressure.

Ben Brown is one of the few draft hits at the Roos. Picture: Michael Klein

Scott said this week he had botched selection by playing too many new players.
He might be right, as connectivity and cohesion is crucial.

On the other hand he might have taken a public hit for his underperforming players.
If Scott is being questioned by fans, then so, too, should his players.

Skipper Jack Ziebell was once a warrior, but perhaps the cleansing of the sport has stripped him of his aggression.
They miss Majak Daw desperately.

The forward line is struggling — it averages 72 points this year — and Brown is being criticised, led by Wayne Carey.
What of the rest?

Does Kayne Turner need to reinvent himself as small defender?

What is Wood doing? Does Hall match the hype? Polec, too?

Do the runners help Ben Cunnington enough?

The reality is it’s only Round 4, but the next eight weeks will be interesting times at North Melbourne.

Because if the furnace is hot now, it will be white hot if several wins can’t be found by the bye break.
So it is obvious Slobbo reads BF. Hi Slobbo.


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