David Noble steps down as North Melbourne manager


By Simon Brunsdon and Brett Graham

Sacked North Melbourne manager David Noble has revealed the Kangaroos players were “broken” and in tears when he told them he was missing.

The beleaguered club announced Noble’s immediate departure on Tuesday morning.

The Kangaroos have won just one of 16 games this season and are currently on a 14-game losing streak.

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Noble got emotional while speaking to the media about his exit from the chair.

“I took on this role for a huge challenge. I gave my absolute heart and soul to the work and I think I leave the place in a strong position for continued success in the not too distant future,” said said Noble.

“I’m sure I gave it my all and always worked in the best interest of the players, the staff and the football club. But ultimately the scoreboard is not a good read.

“To the players…I believe in all of you and I see the hard work you are doing, but it will turn.”

Noble took over at the start of the 2021 season and has won just five of 38 games in that span.

The Kangaroos finished last in 2021 and face the prospect of a second consecutive wooden spoon this season.

“The North Melbourne Kangaroos and senior manager David Noble have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately,” the club said in a statement.

Leigh Adams is expected to be named interim coach.

Noble’s departure leaves North Melbourne in search of a fourth full-time manager in five seasons.

Top journalist Caroline Wilson recently detailed the rifts that have emerged at the club between Noble and the senior players.

Noble’s leadership style has been called into question, with the second-year manager forced to apologize to his players after a verbal barrage following a 108-point loss to Brisbane earlier this season.

“The stories coming out of the club about the relationship between coach and players are disturbing,” Wilson told Nine’s. Footy Ranked in May.

“It was disturbing last week when news broke in the Herald Sun about the post-Brisbane defeat spray that David Noble had given his players so bad he apologized.

“I think it’s a problem when players talk about this stuff. I hear more and more about players just being disenchanted with the coach…with his temper on certain occasions.”

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