North Melbourne is said to be “furious” at Essendon board member Kevin Sheedy’s comments regarding relocation to Tasmania, which saw Caroline Wilson declare he has “lost the plot”.
Sheedy, a Bombers coaching legend, drew headlines on Tuesday with his strange response to a question about Alastair Clarkson’s links to the club.
“I think Clarkson could be perfect moving into North Melbourne, I wouldn’t be surprised, take ‘em down to Tasmania,” Sheedy said on FIVEaa radio.
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“You don’t know what’s in other people’s thinking, do you?
“He’s been locked into Tasmania with the state government, and because everyone wants North Melbourne to move because we’ve got too many teams here … too many teams in Melbourne, most people in Australia think that we do, so you just never know if Alastair says I’m looking a bit bigger picture than just going to coach a team in Melbourne.
“It could even involve Tasmania, you just don’t know.”
Sheedy, 74, was meandering on other matters during the interview. When asked whether he felt for Ben Rutten given the public questioning of the Bombers coach’s job, he instead spoke about how they live on opposite sides of Melbourne.
The interview reportedly infuriated members of the Kangaroos board who have long rejected any suggestions their club will relocate to Tasmania.
“You and I both spoke to people at North Melbourne who are absolutely furious that Kevin Sheedy would be speaking about their club and Tasmania, and a situation so close to home for both clubs at the moment,” Eddie McGuire said on Nine’s Footy Classified.
Caroline Wilson responded: “He’s lost the plot, Kevin.
“I don’t see that his role on the board is tenable after those comments.
“Matthew (Lloyd), you talk about quick fixes and little things that look good for the club (as problems) – putting Kevin on the board, to be brutal, was one of those.
“One of the greatest Essendonians ever, but he has not been a strong board member. He doesn’t support Ben Rutten.
“To go on a paid radio gig, and to suggest another club should move to Tasmania, I don’t think that’s what another board member should do. The North Melbourne board are furious, Essendon are really disappointed.”
Sheedy is an Australian Football Hall of Fame legend after playing and coaching in a VFL-AFL record 929 games across Richmond (playing), Essendon and GWS (coaching).