Saturday’s AFL clash with the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium will be Brad Scott’s last as coach of North Melbourne.
The embattled coach spoke to Melbourne radio station 3AW about an hour before the opening bounce and said he would address his future at a press conference at the club on Sunday.
While it is known that Scott will leave the club, he made it clear that he did not wish to confirm his departure until after he had addressed the entire playing group.
The coach spoke to those players in AFL action at Marvel Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but won’t be able to address those playing in the VFL fixture at Whitten Oval until later in the day.
“I’m working really hard like all professionals do in trying to stay right in the moment and focus on what’s right in front of us,” Scott said.
“There will be plenty of time for prognostications and reviews in time.
“It’s obviously a bit of a tumultuous time for us but I’ll expand more on that in the press conference tomorrow.
“But right now I just need to focus on the job at hand. My big task is to try and get the players’ heads back in the game.
“… It’s fair to say they’re agitated, but again, I just keep stressing that we’ve got a job to do.”
The Kangaroos have struggled in Scott’s 10th season at the helm with a disappointing 2-7 record placing them 17th on the ladder.
Speculation that Scott and North would mutually part ways gathered momentum on Friday, giving rise to Saturday’s awkward situation that AFL legend Leigh Matthews labelled “embarrassing” for the club.
“Life throws all sorts of difficulties in front of you,” Scott said.
“Everyone is going to have tough times in their life and I always say you can’t control those things, it’s how you respond to them.
“That’s what I’m focused on
“I was able to talk to the players before, I would’ve really liked the opportunity to do that earlier, but unfortunately that was the first chance I got to speak to them.”