November 24, 2022


North Melbourne coach David Noble is reportedly parting ways with the Kangaroos after a horrid time in charge of the struggling club.

David Noble is gone as North Melbourne coach.

SEN’s Sam Edmund reported on Tuesday morning the struggling Kangaroos had made a decision on Noble’s future as part of a review into their football operations, and he will part ways with the club.

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“A decision has been made on David Noble by North Melbourne and he will be stepping down as coach,” Edmund told SEN Breakfast.

“I’m told an announcement will be made today.

“He told colleagues and people he knows and trusts last night that he would be departing as coach. The word has since got out.

“David Noble — a short, unfortunately for him — coaching career at North Melbourne, taking over in 2021.

“The run of results as we know of 14 consecutive losses, an average of 10 goals in those losses. There have been concerns about not just his coaching methods but his demeanour.”

Leigh Adams will take over as interim coach for the remainder of the year.

The Kangaroos are anchored to the bottom of the ladder, managing just one win from 16 games this year.

Noble took over as coach in 2021, where the Roos claimed the wooden spoon, and the year before in 2020 they finished second-last.

The 55-year-old has been in charge for 38 games, 32 of which ended in defeat.

Noble took over from Rhyce Shaw but has been under pressure for much of his tenure as the Kangaroos slumped from one loss to the next.

A 14th straight defeat to Collingwood on Saturday — after blowing a 28-point lead — was another nail in the coffin, even as Noble spoke afterwards about wanting to continue as coach.

“I believe in what I’m doing. I believe in the group that we’ve got,” he said.

“We’re resolute on where the direction needs to go. If there’s feedback for me as an individual to get better, I’m all for improving as a coach.

“But having been around the block; I think I’ve got a clear idea as to what needs to happen — and that’s what we’re pursuing.”

However, Noble won’t be given the chance to turn things around at Arden St.

Rumours swirled before axing

The writing was on the wall for Noble since it was revealed the Kangaroos had brought in long-time football administrator Geoff Walsh to help conduct a review of the club’s football department — the same man responsible for the review that led to Carlton sacking David Teague in 2021.

Veteran reporter Caroline Wilson suggested late last month the review was in fact a “hit job” on Noble.

“I don’t think David Noble will survive the season,” Wilson told Footy Classified at the time.

“I don’t think he was aware Geoff Walsh was coming in until shortly before (the decision was made).

“They’re not calling it a review, but it’s completely a review. It’s a hit job and it’s not just aimed at the coach, clearly.”

The Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph told Fox Footy’s On The Couch last month Walsh’s review could be the “evidence” North needed to “move your coach on”.

“It’s been described as a top-to-bottom review of the footy department,” Ralph said.

“The expectation is clearly that David Noble is very unlikely to survive.

“There is so many issues there, but they are basically hiding in plain sight – game plan, morale, development.

“Carlton will tell you they brought in Geoff Walsh last year for their review and anyone who knows anything about it knows that decision was made a long time before to remove David Teague. Probably something similar here.”

Reports have surfaced this year about unrest in the dressing room. Noble reportedly apologised to “shell-shocked” players after a fearsome spray when the Kangaroos were belted in Round 3, while there is uncertainty surrounding the future of No. 1 draft pick Jason Horne-Francis amid suggestions he isn’t happy at the club.

Originally published as David Noble sacked immediately as North Melbourne coach


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