North Melbourne coach Rhyce Shaw is taking an indefinite break from football, the AFL club has confirmed.
In a wide-ranging statement about the end of the Kangaroos’ 2020 season, chairman Ben Buckley said the team was “acutely aware of speculation” about Shaw.
“We have not been in a position to say anything as we are respecting the wishes of Rhyce and his family,” Buckley said.
“Rhyce has asked for some time and space away from football and we have provided him support during this period.
“We thank the media for their ongoing cooperation and trust they understand we can’t make further comment at this time. In the meantime, we will forge ahead.”
Shaw, who played 237 games for Collingwood and Sydney before retiring in 2015, took over the top job at North Melbourne during the 2019 season, replacing Brad Scott.
The team won just three games during the 2020 season, which Buckley described as “a terribly testing and difficult year for everyone”.
More to come.