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Barrett weighs in on “historically inept” Roos and the future of Noble


AFL journalist Damian Barrett has unleashed on North Melbourne in the wake of yet another dismal showing against Geelong on Saturday night.

The respected news breaker spoke to the level the Kangaroos have dropped to off the back of 11 consecutive losses over 47 points.

“They're just a horribly broken footy club, historically inept,” he said on Nine's Sunday Footy Show.

“Let’s just go to their percentage of 49.5 per cent … (49.47 per cent) was Fitzroy’s last year of AFL life in 1996. GWS who played a bunch of teenagers effectively in the first season of their AFL life in 2012, (46.17%) was what they had that year.

“It can’t get worse and yet it keeps getting worse.”

Responding to whether or not senior coach David Noble can hold his spot as senior coach, Barrett was clear-cut in his assessment.

“There's (no way) now that he keeps his job. He’s had two years, he's got five wins to his name inside those two years and with the Geoff Walsh announcement, the board’s got as much to answer to as anyone,” he explained.

“Two members who were key on that board in Ben Buckley and Glenn Archer chose to leave the club when it got a bit hard … they’ve left their mess to other people and now they're bringing in consultants to sort out their problems.

“There's just no leader at any level of the club to lead them out of this problem.

“The problems are so deep at every level from the board down and as we know they don’t even have a proper recruiting team to identify the next wave of talent.”

North Melbourne sits dead last with just one win from their 15 games this season and faces the red-hot Magpies who have won six-straight games.

Legendary coach Alastair Clarkson’s name will continually be linked to his former club, but whether he will want to be part of a complete rebuild is yet to be seen.

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