Geelong coach Chris Scott says he would not like to see his twin brother Brad leave his role at the AFL to enter back into the coaching caper, claiming it is “not a very good job”.
Scott made the remarkable statement just hours after his side’s thrilling five-point win against Hawthorn at the MCG in the final match of Round Three.
Brad Scott parted ways with North Melbourne halfway through the 2019 season, before taking up a role with the AFL as the ‘competition evolution manager’ ahead of the 2020 season.
North Melbourne has embarked on a lengthy rebuild since Scott’s exit, something he suggested during his time at the helm, and there is understood to be interest around the league of the prospect of Scott returning to coaching circles.
However, when asked by Footy Classified host Craig Hutchison whether he’d like to see his brother return to the coaching ranks, Chris Scott’s answer was telling.
“No, I wouldn’t because it’s not a very good job to be honest,” he said.
“It’s just hard work. It’s a stressful existence. Not many coaches coach for 10 years, he coached for 10 years and a couple of prelim finals with that list I think was a pretty successful outcome.
“There’s a cost to that position and it needs to be weighed really carefully.”
While admitting that he wasn’t privy to his twin brother’s situation at the time of his exit from North Melbourne, Scott said the club’s recent struggles “vindicated” him.
“I think he could (return as a coach) but I’m not sure he wants to. I think he’s enjoying his life at the moment,” he said.
“With my biased view, I think the last couple of years (at North) have vindicated him pretty clearly. I thought I could see that at the time.”
Scott added that he believed his brother has a better existence in his current role with the AFL than he does as the senior coach of one of the league’s most star-studded lists.
“There’s a cost to it. A lot of people have talked about it,” he said.
“Don Pyke is three games into his assistant coaching career and we’re talking about him going back.
“He spoke really clearly about the pressures of the job when he finished and John Longmire spoke of it recently. I’m not sure that they’ve listened to Don as well as they should.”