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Pagan throws full support behind Roos' bid for Longmire


Former North Melbourne premiership coach Denis Pagan believes his old side should go hard to bring in John Longmire as Brad Scott’s replacement.

The Roos are currently searching for a new coach and Longmire, a North Melbourne great, is the man Pagan believes is perfect for the role.

“I’d love John Longmire to coach North Melbourne. I think you’ve got to understand the culture of the place and embrace the people who were there and I think Johnny knows that,” Pagan told SEN Breakfast.

“I don’t know if they can get him. I know he’s got another year of his contract, but what do contracts mean if a coach says to you I don’t want to be there, I want to go back, you can’t force someone to coach a team they don’t want to.”

Pagan has urged the club to make a “godfather” offer to whoever their candidate is to make sure they get the deal done.

“I just think North Melbourne has got to make a decision, go after the person that they want and make them a godfather offer,” he said.

“Too many times North Melbourne have been close to landing a big fish and haven’t been able to do it and you’ve got to just keep going until someone commits to your organisation.

“I’d love to see a Longmire or an Adam Simpson or an Alastair Clarkson or a Blakey come to the Kangaroos. They’ve got a bit of work to do Glenn Archer and Ben Buckley and I just hope they get the right man this time.”

If Longmire can’t be won over, Pagan feels Swans Coaching Director Nick Blakey is another ex-North Melbourne player who would be “perfect” for the job.

“I think I probably saw two candidates (at North Melbourne’s premiership reunion),” he said.

“If I was leading the search, I’d be going for John Longmire, it might be hard to get him out of Sydney, but one of his understudies John Blakey has done a 15-year apprenticeship and he’s just perfect.

“He’s a quality individual, a great player, he’d be a perfect coach as well and knows all about North Melbourne.”

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