Rhyce Shaw might be just one game into his caretaker coach role at North Melbourne but he already harbours hopes of landing the job on a full-time basis as Paul Roos did at Sydney 17 years ago.
Similarly to Shaw, Roos took over the job at the Swans midway through 2002 after the club parted ways with his predecessor Rodney Eade, and while riding a wave of emotion and momentum, which saw him win the final four games of the season, he became the senior coach from 2003.
Having just replaced Brad Scott, and steered the Kangaroos to one of the biggest upsets of the season against Richmond, Shaw admitted he didnt think he would be in this position when he was 25 years old after many “ups and downs”, but his eyes are now firmly on the prize.
He might have only been at Arden Street for seven months, but Shaw said he felt “embedded” at the club already.
“I hope so,” Shaw said when asked if hed like to emulate Roos.
“I really have enjoyed my time at this football club and when I spoke to Brad about coming down here last year he spoke about how tight this group was and how tight the club was and I really wanted to be a part of that.
“Its fast-forwarded pretty quickly from there but Im really pleased with where Im at right now and where the groups going.”
Shaw was so nervous before his first game in the big seat that he went for a 15-minute run at the club prior to the match.
“It was getting the better of me,” he laughed. “But getting to the game I was really calm.”
Despite described the past week as “a massive whirlwind”, Shaw wasnt surprised at how well his players managed to put the drama of Scotts departure to one side, regain their focus and ultimately beat one of the best teams in the competition by 39 points.
“My No.1 priority was the players,” he said.
“They needed to let everything sink in. They needed to deal with that and then slowly but surely build their minds towards Richmond.
“Thats the type of footy that we want to play going forward and thats our benchmark.”
Ten positions on the ladder and four wins separated the two sides heading into the game, but the end result didnt surprise Shaw at all.
“Theyre a bunch of amazing human beings and to do what they did last week [in beating the Bulldogs] and then follow that up this week – its pretty special,” he said of his team.
The reshuffle in the coaches box has led to a “skeleton crew” but Shaw said it worked well.
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