Fired St Kilda manager Brett Ratten to join Alastair Clarkson in North Melbourne in a part-time AFL role

Laid-off St Kilda manager Brett Ratten will not be lost to the AFL and will take up a part-time job at rivals North Melbourne.

Ratten is reunited with Alastair Clarkson at Arden St after working with the four-time Premiership mastermind as an assistant at Hawthorn before joining St Kilda in 2019.

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Clarkson is busy getting his band back together and also appoints Damian Monkhorst (another former longtime assistant to Hawthorn) and Leading Teams (a consulting firm he previously worked with).

Ratten was brutally sacked by St Kilda in October and replaced by that club’s former manager Ross Lyon.

Alastair Clarkson and Brett Ratten at the MCG in 2015. Recognition: Getty Images

The decision came as a big surprise as it was less than 100 days after he signed a two-year contract extension.

Ratten worked with Clarkson from late 2012 until the end of the 2018 season and lived through the club’s glory era that spanned three consecutive premierships.

The 51-year-old was acting manager of St Kilda for the last six rounds of the 2019 season following the departure of Alan Richardson and then was senior manager from 2020-2022.

Brett Ratten during his time as St Kilda manager. Recognition: AAP

He led St Kilda to the 2020 final (and even won a final) but missed September action in the following two seasons.

Ratten coached Carlton between 2007 and 2012 and led the Blues to the 2009 final.

He will work with North’s midfield and support fellow assistant Jordan Russell.

“Brett comes to the club as an experienced, knowledgeable footballer and we are delighted to welcome him to Arden Street,” North Melbourne general manager of football Todd Viney said in a statement.

“Brett is a highly respected operator who has contributed to the success of the Premiership during his time at Hawthorn.

Brett Ratten and Liam Shiels celebrate Hawthorn’s 2013 big final victory over Fremantle at the MCG. Recognition: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

“His great coaching experience will be a great asset to our club.”

The Kangaroos said they would try to fill a remaining coaching position in the coming weeks after failing to renew the contracts of former assistants Anthony Rocca and Heath Younie.

Clarkson took up his post at North on November 2 despite a panel investigating serious racism allegations at Hawthorn between 2008 and 2016.

Clarkson and Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan are key figures in the independent investigation.

Both men firmly deny all allegations made against them.

– with AAP

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