Noble still hot favourite for Kangas job after final trio interviewed

Brisbane Lions football department boss David Noble remains the hot favourite to become North Melbourne's next senior coach after the final three candidates for the position were interviewed on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Noble was interviewed by North's coach-selection panel on Thursday in what was the Lions' football chief's second interview for the position. Sources with some knowledge of the process consider him a likely appointment by the Kangaroos, in view of his breadth of experience and the club's need for a highly seasoned operator.

Daniel Giansiracusa, the former Bulldog player and assistant coach who has signed on with Essendon as an assistant, was interviewed for the second time on Wednesday, as was Collingwood's long-serving midfield coach and former St Kilda champion Robert Harvey.

If appointed as seems likely, Noble would be repeating the path of his Brisbane Lions colleague Chris Fagan by stepping away from a football administration/management position to return to coaching as the senior coach.

Giansiracusa, who was headhunted by the Bombers to improve their relationships between players and coaches, is said to have made a strong impression in his presentation to the panel which includes former Sydney and Melbourne coach Paul Roos, but is still well and truly an outsider for the job, like Harvey.

Noble has been general manager of football with Brisbane since late 2016, having held the same position with the Adelaide Crows from 2014, after working for the Crows initially as an assistant coach before becoming list manager. He had worked as an assistant coach with the Western Bulldogs for five years, before moving to be head coach of Glenelg in the SANFL for two years.

Noble has also coached the NSW-ACT elite under team, the Rams, and at local level in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

While Noble, 53, has not been in coaching for almost exactly a decade – he moved into list management at Adelaide at the end of the 2010 season – there is an argument that, as with Fagan – who joined the Lions as senior coach after filling the general manager of football role at Hawthorn – the experience of running a football department is closer to that of senior coach in the modern AFL than that of an assistant coach, who does not manage staff.

North, who has a relatively new and first-time football boss in Brady Rawlings and had an inexperienced coach in Rhyce Shaw this year, are clearly keen to hire a coach with significant experience – which is the case for all three candidates.

North's coach-search panel consists of Roos, Rawlings, chief executive Ben Amarfio, board member and club great Glenn Archer, football member Sonja Hood and psychologist and leadership adviser Terry Coyne.

North have been forced to appoint a coach well after the season after Shaw stepped down as senior coach after only one full season in the position, due to personal reasons.

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