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Roos must ensure positive Shaw story doesn't become cautionary tale

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Rhyce Shaw's fairytale ascendancy from first-year defensive coach to the senior coach and key football decision-maker at North Melbourne comes after the club threw the 37-year-old to the wolves back in May and watched a knight in shining armour emerge from the carnage.

Having botched the re-signing of Brad Scott at the end of 2017 – a move that could prove embarrassingly costly for the Kangaroos next year – it took the club nine games in 2019, capped off by a loss to a youthful Swans team in Hobart, to realise that relationship was finished. Around the same time North's power-brokers came to the decision it needed to make key changes across its football department and beyond.

New North Melbourne head coach Rhyce Shaw addresses the media after his appointment on Thursday.Credit:AAP

Shaw could not have known it but by the time he reported for work in the last week of May as interim coach, he was about to become caretaker of Arden Street.

While Shaw coached successfully through June, the club's head of football, Cam Joyce, was given his marching orders and chief executive Carl Dilena headed to Europe for a month on a long-scheduled holiday. Joyce remained, his influence eroded, and no temporary replacement stepped in for Dilena.

Recently departed director and Shinboner of the century Glenn Archer became a key player in his second review in less than three years, and immediately abandoned process and contacted three former Kangaroos in Alastair Clarkson, Adam Simpson and John Longmire.

Longmire was offered and ultimately rejected a five-year deal worth........

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