Roos appoint Noble as new head coach

20 November 2020 20:19:00 GMTPlus11

North Melbourne are confident David Noble is the man to lead them back up the AFL ladder after appointing him as their new head coach.

Noble arrives from Brisbane, where he was head of football and right-hand man to Lions coach Chris Fagan, and now has the task of getting the Roos back on track.

Noble has vast experience in the game having worked with Western Bulldogs, Adelaide Crows and the Lions, and North Melbourne chairman Ben Buckley believes he is the perfect fit.

Collingwood assistant Robert Harvey and new Essendon assistant Daniel Giansiracusa were also in the hunt, but Noble ticks all the boxes as far as the Roos are concerned.

"We were very clear on what we wanted in our next coach and we have found that in David. We are delighted to appoint him the 38th coach [including interim coaches] of our football club," Buckley said.

"David has a profound knowledge of all areas of the football department and knows what it takes to win and set up club's for success, having been part of no less than 13 AFL finals series throughout his impressive career so far.

"He is a great fit for our club and will complement our strategic direction. We are very confident he will lead our young side back up the ladder in the coming years."

The 53-year-old comes in to replace Rhyce Shaw, who stepped away from the role despite having two years remaining on his contract.

Shaw needed to take a break for personal reasons and the Roos agreed a settlement on the remainder of his contract.

North are priced at 200/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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