North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has received the backing of the club despite a poor start to the season.
North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has received the backing of the club despite a poor start to the season. JULIAN SMITH

Kangaroos boss backs Scott in coaching role

AFL: North Melbourne chairman Ben Buckley says his club is "committed” to coach Brad Scott.

Scott is contracted until the end of 2018 but earlier this year sparked speculation about his future when he floated that he and the club would "keep analysing” whether he should coach again next season.

With the Kangaroos having registered just four wins this year to be languishing in 17th on the ladder, it is clear that the rebuilding process has begun for the club which has played finals in four of the last five seasons.

Scott has been the senior coach of North Melbourne since the start of 2010. If he stays on next season, he will surpass Ron Barassi for the third-most games in charge of the Kangaroos.

But Buckley told Fox Sports News' AFL Today that with Scott a "principal architect” of the current list management plan, the club and Scott are committed to each other.

"I personally don't really take much notice of how many years an individual has been in a job,” Buckley said.

"I think it's about the individual's ability to do the job and execute the plan that has been put in place. Brad was a principal architect of the plan that we have in place at the moment, I know he's very committed to it, I know he's very enthusiastic about it.

"He's doing an excellent job in taking the team forward. We've been very competitive in most of our games this year. We're seeing some great development from individuals and we're seeing some great signs from the team developing.

"Brad's committed, we're committed to Brad. In the future at some point we will have to sit down and have an honest conversation and we'll do that in due course, but it's way too premature to start talking about anything beyond next year.”

Buckley further stated that both the club and Scott were "very happy” with the current situation.

The chairman also ruled out a partial relocation to Tasmania, saying North Melbourne had no plans to increase the number of home games it plays in Hobart.

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