North Melbourne legend says Alastair Clarkson was never going to take Essendon’s ‘drug money’

North Melbourne legend says Alastair Clarkson was never going to take Essendon’s ‘drug money’

North Melbourne legend Ron Joseph says Alastair Clarkson was never going to take Essendon’s ‘drug money’ to go to the ‘windswept, spiritless hole’ in a brutal coup in the failed attempt to sign the coach

  • A North Melbourne legend has dealt a major blow to Essendon Football Club
  • The Kangaroos beat their AFL rivals with the signing of Alastair Clarkson
  • The Bombers delivered a dramatic last-minute blow to the Hawthorn legend
  • Ron Joseph says Clarkson was always going to snub Essendon’s ‘drug money’
  • He added that the four-time champion would not train at the club ‘without spirit’

North Melbourne hero Ron Joseph has joined Essendon after the Roos won the race for Alastair Clarkson, insisting it’s no surprise the supercoach snubbed the ‘spiritless’ AFL club’s ‘drug money’ .

Clarkson finally put an end to the ‘circus’ surrounding his future on Friday by agreeing to join the AFL’s underdog side, likely to receive the wooden spoon for the second straight season.

North edged out the GWS Giants in a closely-contested two-horse race for Clarkson, before Essendon made a dramatic trade for the four-time first-place winner this week.

Ron Joseph has dealt a huge blow to Essendon after North landed on Alastair Clarkson

Ron Joseph has dealt a huge blow to Essendon after North landed on Alastair Clarkson

However, the 54-year-old snubbed the Bombers, who still have Ben Rutten as club manager, to round off an embarrassing week for the club.

And now Joseph has added insult to injury with outlandish claims about his AFL rivals, insisting the decision was a no-brainer for North’s new coach.

Essendon never scared me. I never thought Clarko would follow the drug money trail to Tullamarine,” Joseph told the Herald Sun.

“Why would you want Kevin Sheedy to look over his shoulder at that spiritless, windswept hole they left the iconic Windy Hill through?”

The 54-year-old snubbed the Bombers in favor of the rock-bottom Roos on Friday.

The 54-year-old snubbed the Bombers in favor of the rock-bottom Roos on Friday.

Joseph added that Clarkson is the perfect manager to oversee the club’s much-needed rebuild after years of stagnation.

“North Melbourne needs to draw a line in the sand and he’s the guy to do it,” he said.

“I never imagined him going to the Giants, where he would have to pack his bags and move to Greater Western Sydney, that’s as bummed out as Essendon.

He knows the people of North Melbourne and the people of North Melbourne know him. The whole thing makes a lot of sense.

Joseph claims Clarkson would never have taken Essendon's 'drug money' to coach the club

Joseph claims Clarkson would never have taken Essendon’s ‘drug money’ to coach the club

‘The northern supporters have seen the steady disintegration of their club over the last decade and a half and today everyone will be relieved. We are on the move again.

With the Clarkson saga finally reaching its conclusion, Joseph says the club can now turn its attention to other matters of importance.

“We still have some management issues to address and the Tasmanian business is still hanging over our heads,” he added.

‘And Stevo (board member Anthony Stevens) and (Wayne) Carey have to let the club go. I’m sick of reading about them.

“The club just needs a reshuffle and Alastair Clarkson is the man to do it.”

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