BRAD Scott's final game as coach of North Melbourne could be as soon as Saturday’s round 10 match against Western Bulldogs.

After nine and a half seasons in charge of the Roos, Scott has reached an arrangement with senior club officials that he will not enter the 2020 season, for which he is contracted.

It is an amicable situation.

It allows North to conduct a thorough review of its entire operations without compromising on existing contracts, and it allows Scott to officially enter negotiations for other coaching vacancies which are expected to come at St Kilda, Carlton and possibly Essendon.

The timing of his departure from North is not yet established, and there is genuine concern attached to having a caretaker in charge for the remaining 12 matches of 2019.

But with both parties having established that they won't be together beyond this season, others take the view there is no point in Scott continuing beyond the round 10 game against the Bulldogs.

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Assistant coach Rhyce Shaw and senior football department official Darren Crocker will be among the candidates to take over in caretaker capacity.

Shaw has impressed North officials and has long held an ambition to be a senior coach.

Crocker would be the safe option. He filled the caretaker role at North Melbourne when Dean Laidley exited in the 2009 season, before Scott was appointed for the start of 2010.

Scott’s most recent contract renewal took in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons.

He has often said he would put the club first with his decisions, and it is understood he broached the arrangement to part the Roos with chairman Ben Buckley in the past five weeks.

Buckley will soon announce a sweeping review of all positions in the football department.

Scott was appointed to the role in late 2009 and his coaching record is evenly poised heading into what looms as his final game in charge, with 105 wins and 105 losses.

That includes a 4-4 run in September action. Scott led North to preliminary finals in 2014 and 2015, when it was defeated by Sydney and then West Coast respectively.

During his tenure, the Roos had a win tally in the single digits just once – in 2017, when they had six victories.

However, they defied the pundits' expectations the following season to post 12 wins and finish ninth.

Scott declared in the pre-season "You write North Melbourne off at your peril" but the team is languishing in second-last despite having recruited mature-age talent in Jared Polec, Jasper Pittard, Dom Tyson and Aaron Hall over the off-season.

Senior coach changes since 2008
SeasonClubCoachTimingReasonReplaced by
2008BrisbaneLeigh MatthewsEnd of seasonStepped downMichael Voss
2009North MelbourneDean LaidleyDuring seasonSacked after four wins, eight losses for seasonDarren Crocker (interim)
RichmondTerry WallaceDuring seasonSacked after 37 wins, 60 losses, two drawsJade Rawlings (interim)
2010EssendonMatthew KnightsEnd of seasonSacked after 25 wins, 41 losses, one drawJames Hird
GeelongMark ThompsonEnd of seasonStepped downChris Scott
Port AdelaideMark WilliamsDuring seasonSacked with a 5-10 record in 2010 after missing finals in 2008-09Matthew Primus
SydneyPaul RoosEnd of seasonPre-planned hand over to John LongmireJohn Longmire
2011AdelaideNeil CraigDuring seasonSacked after four wins, 12 losses for seasonMark Bickley (interim)
CollingwoodMick MalthouseEnd of seasonPre-planned handover to Nathan BuckleyNathan Buckley
FremantleMark HarveyEnd of seasonSacked after missing finals with nine wins, 13 losses for seasonRoss Lyon
MelbourneDean BaileyDuring seasonSacked after 22 wins, 59 losses, 2 drawsTodd Viney (interim)
St KildaRoss LyonEnd of seasonResigned, joined Fremantle as senior coachScott Watters
Western BulldogsRodney EadeDuring seasonSacked after 7 wins, 12 losses for seasonPaul Williams (interim)
2012CarltonBrett RattenEnd of seasonSacked after missing finals in 2012Mick Malthouse
Port AdelaideMatthew PrimusDuring seasonSacked after 5 wins, 13 losses for seasonGarry Hocking (interim)
2013BrisbaneMichael VossDuring season8 wins, 11 losses for seasonMark Harvey (interim)
EssendonJames HirdDuring seasonSuspended by AFL with one game remaining in seasonSimon Goodwin (interim)
MelbourneMark NeeldDuring seasonSacked after 5 wins, 23 lossesNeil Craig (interim)
St KildaScott WattersEnd of seasonSacked after 17 wins, 27 losses, no finalsAlan Richardson
West CoastJohn WorsfoldEnd of seasonStepped downAdam Simpson
2014AdelaideBrenton SandersonEnd of seasonSacked after missing finals in 2013-14Phil Walsh
EssendonMark ThompsonEnd of seasonReplaced by James Hird returning from suspensionJames Hird
Gold CoastGuy McKennaEnd of seasonSacked after 24 wins, 64 losses, no finalsRodney Eade
Western BulldogsBrendan McCartneyEnd of seasonSacked after 20 wins, 46 lossesLuke Beveridge
2015CarltonMick MalthouseDuring seasonSacked after 1 win, 7 losses for seasonJohn Barker (interim)
EssendonJames HirdDuring seasonResigned after 5 wins, 14 losses for seasonMatthew Egan (interim)
2016BrisbaneJustin LeppitschEnd of seasonSacked after 14 wins, 52 lossesChris Fagan
MelbournePaul RoosEnd of seasonPre-planned handover to Simon GoodwinSimon Goodwin 
2017Gold CoastRodney EadeDuring seasonStepped down after board voted not to renew contractStuart Dew