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Alastair Clarkson will start coaching North Melbourne amid racism investigation

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 19: Alastair Clarkson poses for a photo during the North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL media event at the Arden Street Ground on August 19, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. Clarkson has agreed to coach North Melbourne FC for the next five seasons, which will officially begin on November 1, 2022. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Alastair Clarkson will take up his role at North Melbourne on November 1 after the club’s board approved a date for his return to work amid an independent investigation into historic racism allegations.

The club confirmed the news in a statement on Wednesday.

North American president Dr Sonia Hood said the board was confident Clarkson could carry out his duties at North Melbourne while he co-operated with an independent investigation into allegations of racism at Hawthorn FC between 2008 and 2016.

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“We support the process to ensure a voice for all parties. This includes former Hawthorn players and their families, as well as former coaches and staff, including Alastair,” Dr Hood said.

“The board reached its decision after consultation with a number of stakeholders.”

Clarkson’s move comes after Chris Fagan resumed his duties as Brisbane Lions coach on Wednesday.

The Lions board ratified Fagan’s return at a meeting Tuesday night.

Fagan took time off from his role last month after being named in the Hawthorn racism scandal that rocked the AFL.

The Lions board decided to ratify Fagan’s return after the AFL released the terms of reference for an independent investigation into allegations of misconduct at the Hawks.

The Lions board will grant Fagan any future leave he may need to participate in the investigation.

“We don’t think there’s an obstacle right now for Chris to come back and get going,” Lions chief executive Greg Swann said.

“He will still be subject to this (investigative) team.”

Alastair Clarkson and Chris Fagan are subject to an AFL investigation into allegations of racism while at Hawthorn.  Photo: Michael Wilson / AFL Media
Alastair Clarkson and Chris Fagan are subject to an AFL investigation into allegations of racism while at Hawthorn. Photo: Michael Wilson / AFL Media

Swann said Fagan was looking forward to “getting back to work” and “clearing his name” and that those inside the club could not “calculate” the allegations against a man they know.

“This process will pass by itself,” he said.

“He was certainly impressed by the whole thing.

“For those who know him, it was hard for us to fathom that he would be involved in something like this.

“He was disappointed, then he got angry… you’re innocent until proven guilty.”

Swann also distanced himself from any association with the vacant Essendon chief executive position.

“I’m here, I’m in Brisbane, I love it,” he said.

Swann spoke at Mabel Park State High School for the launch of the Logan Lions Youth Academy.

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Marco Monteverde is a sports reporter for NCA Newswire in Brisbane. He worked in a similar role for The Courier-Mail from 2007 to 2020. During a journalistic career spanning more than 25 years, he also worked in… Read more

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