After a "disturbing" report, a pair of Kangaroos recruiters lead a mass exodus.
After the shocking report that Roos players were unhappy with coach David Noble, North Melbourne just made a move that made their terrible season even worse.
Two key recruiters have left North Melbourne, and a third is reportedly on his way out as well. This comes after a bombshell report said that the relationship between coach David Noble and his players is getting worse.
The Kangaroos are in last place after a 47-point loss to Melbourne on Saturday night. They have only won one of their 10 games so far in 2022.
Now, list boss Glenn Luff and national recruiting manager Mark Finnigan are said to have quit, and SEN's Sam Edmund said that national recruiting officer Ben Birthisel has done the same.
Finnigan, who had been with Arden Street for 17 years, is said to have joined Hawthorn, while the Roos said Luff is leaving "to pursue new opportunities." The statement didn't say anything about Birthisel.
"Mark and Glenn have both been valuable members of the North Melbourne Football Club, and we wish them the best in their future endeavors," the club's general manager of football talent, Brady Rawlings, said in a statement.
"Mark and Glenn have worked hard and with passion for the club, and we appreciate it."
The team has done a lot of planning and preparation for the mid-season draft, which will help us as we look ahead to next week.
"Over the next few months, we will start to fill the empty spots on our recruiting and list management team."
It comes after veteran AFL reporter Caroline Wilson said on Monday night's episode of Footy Classified that the club's relationships with the coach are getting worse, which is causing the cracks to get bigger.
Wilson said, "The stories coming out of the club about how the coach treats the players are disturbing."
"It was upsetting when the Herald Sun found out last week that David Noble had sprayed his players after losing to Brisbane. It was so bad that he had to apologize.
"I think it's bad when players talk about things like that. I'm hearing more and more that players are unhappy with the coach because he gets angry sometimes. We've heard that David got very, very angry during some of his performances. Some of the language you're hearing refers to the coaches as "we" and the players as "they." This is what I started to hear from (former Carlton coach) David Teague at the end of 2020. I'm just a little worried about it. I'm not saying David Noble has left, because he's only been there for a season and a half. But he has a lot of work to do to get people to come back.
But Kangaroos captain Jack Ziebell stood by the coach, even though he was careful not to speak for the rest of his team.