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‘The game is brutal’: Clarkson spectre the reality for rival coaches, says Ratten

“Hopefully people don’t just look at him as the Hawthorn coach, but what he’s done for the game. “But he might go around again, somewhere else, and that could be pretty likely. He’s an amazing coach.”

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Clarkson’s manager, James Henderson of DSEG, said on Thursday Clarkson would fulfil his contract with the club. But he did not categorically declare Clarkson would coach the Hawks next year.

“He will honour his contract as that’s what he wants to do, and that’s what Hawthorn has asked him to do,” Henderson said.

David Teague, the coach of a Carlton side currently having its football department reviewed, said he did not have to have a chat with the Blues’ heirachy to clarify his hold on his position post the Clarkson-Mitchell handover being announced.

“I honestly believe I am the right person [to coach Carlton],” Teague said.

“There’s been lots of talk all year about Carlton, externally. We focus on what we can control and how we go about things.

“There’s going to be lots of noise, there has been all year, [and] there will continue to be, but what we will do is keep focus on getting our job done.

“I’m pretty good at blocking [it] out. I don’t watch any of those shows, I don’t read a lot of the media.

“I’ll focus on what I can control.”

Brad Scott is one option in the frame for the Collingwood coaching position.

Brad Scott is one option in the frame for the Collingwood coaching position. Credit:Paul Jeffers

Meanwhile, Cats coach Chris Scott was asked about whether his twin brother, former North Melbourne coach, Brad, had the coaching bug again after his name was linked to the vacant Collingwood job.

Although reluctant to be specific, he did say his own opinion about whether he should return to coaching might be different to that of his brother’s.

“There are a few people in a similar position,” Scott said.

“If you are going to commit to it, it is a big commitment and I think second time around you are more aware of what a commitment it is and it requires just a little bit more thought.

“I think if he comes back he will do a good job and make my life harder at least once, maybe twice a year. I would prefer he did not do it from that perspective.”

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