North Melbourne interim coach admits appointment came ‘out of the blue’

North Melbourne interim coach Leigh Adams has admitted he was surprised to be given the interim coach role following David Noble’s departure.

Noble, who had coached de Roos since the start of the 2021 season, said goodbye to the club last week after poor form saw North Melbourne languishing at the bottom of the ladder.

Adams recently coached the club’s VFL side, saying the call to coach the AFL team for the rest of the year came out of nowhere.

“I was (a bit surprised when I got the interim coach job) to be honest,” he said on Sports day.

“It came out of the blue, I thought John Blakey as a senior assistant would get the job.

“Then the powers above decided it was best to keep all the assistants in the work they were doing and (decided) that the less movement the better.”

SEN Chief Sports Reporter Sam Edmund revealed on Saturday that Blakey was initially unaware of the club’s decision to appoint Adams as interim coach.

Edmund said Blakey was unhappy with the lack of communication from key stakeholders at the club after they chose to appoint Adams.

North Melbourne took one of the season’s troubles in round 18, beating Richmond by four points in Adams’ first game as interim coach.