Brad Scott is no longer a contender to become Carlton head coach after taking up a position in the AFL’s football department.
- Scott has been named as the AFL’s general manager of football
- He had been linked with the Carlton head coach position
- Scott coached North Melbourne between 2010 and 2019
Scott, who coached North Melbourne from 2010 to 2019, appeared to be among the leading candidates to succeed David Teague at the Blues, but has instead been appointed as the AFL’s general manager of football.
He will report to Andrew Dillon and work alongside Laura Kane, who has joined the AFL from the Kangaroos as the league’s general manager of competition management.
Dillon had been the AFL’s interim football department boss since Steve Hocking’s departure in July.
He will take on the role permanently, adding football operations to his other portfolios — legal and integrity — and will no longer run game development.
Scott, a two-time premiership player with the Brisbane Lions, most recently worked as the head of AFL Victoria.
He took that role following his North Melbourne coaching tenure, which included two appearances in the preliminary finals.
His new portfolio includes umpiring, talent pathways, game analysis and list management, the match review officer, tribunal and review system, the competition committee and player education.
“Brad’s transition from coaching to administrator over the last 18 months has impressed everyone he has worked with, both within our organisation, across the 18 clubs and within community football in Victoria,” AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said in a statement.
Kane will be responsible for football operations and competition management for all AFL-run competitions, including the AFL, AFLW, VFL and VFLW, along with COVID-19 management and football projects.
She was North Melbourne’s general manager of strategy and football operations and was previously the Kangaroos’ head of football operations.
Kane is a current member of the AFL competition committee and has also been part of the AFLW competition committee.