North Melbourne premiership hero David King hit back at journalist Caroline Wilson as rumors continue to swirl around the kangaroos.
North Melbourne greats David King and Corey McKernan have berated Caroline Wilson for an “embarrassing vendetta” against the kangaroos.
The 1996 and 1999 Kangaroos teammates shot at the journalist after Wilson said club legend and Fox Footy commentator King was one of the greats looking to bring West Coast coach Adam Simpson to the club.
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Simpson played all 306 games of his AFL career in North Melbourne and also played in the 1996 and 1999 Premiership teams and captained the club between 2004 and 2008.
It comes amid reports of unrest among players under Kangaroos coach David Noble
The drama comes after a week of pressure for the Kangaroos who are 17th with just one win out of 10 games in 2022, and sitting just off the West Coast on percentages.
The club has come under heavy pressure following reports of a rift between the players and the coach over Noble’s reported bad temper, which Wilson described as ‘disturbing’.
The situation was not helped when three members of the club’s recruiting staff resigned on Tuesday.
Wednesday night it was revealed that one of the outgoing trio, list boss Glenn Luff, resigned after hearing comments about him on TV by former Port Adelaide star Kane Cornes, who were the “last straw”.
Wilson said Wednesday night: Footy classified that David Noble had “a lot of work to do to win the players back”. She added that the kangaroos could try to get hold of Simpson as their coach.
“You have the specter of Adam Simpson, who is currently having a very hard time on the West Coast, who has coached them to a flag, but who could get there at the end of his tenure – not contractually, but things are not going well, ” she said.
“(He’s a) man from North Melbourne, we know David King has been desperate in the past to get him back there, and Glenn Archer.
“You can’t imagine Adam Simpson going from the richest club in the AFL to the poorest.”
Wilson said she felt there was some doubt about Simpson’s future on the west coast, adding: “I know North Melbourne would be hell for leather to get him back to their football club.”
But King hit back on social media, saying he wasn’t a power broker for the kangaroos.
“For the hundredth time, Caro, don’t speak for me,” King said. “I have no part in NM, never before have you maintained this fanciful puppet show that I influence decisions. Enough of the complete whining. Not once in my life have I spoken to Adam Simpson about his coming to the Kangaroos. Take a new line.”
McKernan quote tweeted King’s post, adding: “Don’t think in my time in football I’ve ever seen an embarrassing vendetta against a person or a team. What’s hilarious is when someone has an opinion against the bully played”.
Wilson wasn’t the only person targeting the club, with Kangaroos legend Wayne Carey calling the club “broken”.
“You can’t improve until you actually admit we’re broke,” Carey said on Triple M. “I’m talking off-ground. We know they’re broken on the ground. Obviously, there’s stuff going on off-ground,” he said. “You don’t have people who just resign.”
On AFL 360 on Wednesdays, King added that he was disappointed because he believed the club was improving†
“I thought these times were over. That the turmoil of 18 months ago was over,” King said.
“The North Melbourne Football Club does not have the advantages of other clubs. It’s a different place.
“It’s a country footy club that plays AFL.”
The pressure built up enough that Noble and CEO Ben Amarfio responded and denied the allegations.
“Our members and our fans understand that I took this job because I knew difficult times would come. I’m here for the long haul. I want our club to be successful and strong,” said Noble.
“There are essentially untrue stories being reported, mainly about relationships with players, relationships with coaches, being instructed by the club to apologize. They are all false.
“Nobody in this group picked us to win this round of games… I want to win more games, nothing clearer, and we plan to win games every week. But it is where we are.”
Amarfio also called on former players to be “part of the solution”.
The last comments come after Monday’s episode of Footy classifiedwhere Wilson spoke of a Herald Sun report detailing a round three spray from Noble, who allegedly left players offside†
“The stories coming out of the club about the relationship between the coach and the players are disturbing,” Wilson said Monday.
She added: “These are the stories I started hearing in late 2020 with (former Carlton coach) David Teague. It just worries me a bit. I’m not saying David Noble is gone – he’s only been out for a season and a half. But he has a lot of work to do to win back some players.”
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