‘We’ve got to have ambition’: Noble embraces North top-four plan

New North Melbourne coach David Noble has embraced the club's desire to be a top-four team in two to three years.

The club also said that former Sydney and Melbourne coach Paul Roos – who helped select Noble as coach – will have an official role for the 2021 season as a mentor for Noble.

New Roos coach David Noble has embraced the club’s ambition to be top-four contenders within two to three years.Credit:Getty Images

Noble is the club's 38th coach and has agreed to a rolling contract, as more and more clubs move away from fixed term deals to avoid hefty payouts, like the ones North Melbourne is currently paying to former coaches Brad Scott and Rhyce Shaw.

A former list boss and head of football, Noble said there will be some short term "frustration" for fans, but he's looking forward to building the group from within.

"We've got to set a path around long-term, sustainable success. We're not going to chase wins just for this year, we're going to chase wins every single time we are out on the paddock, make no bones about it," Noble told reporters on Monday.

"But we need to do it in a matter that's going to be sustainable and hold up under finals pressure.

"We've got some young talent. We're going to the draft this year, we'll probably go to the draft again next year.

"We'll teach, we'll educate, we'll let them fall over and fail and we'll pick them up and keep moving forward."

That education is set to be delivered by not just Noble and his assistants but also by the experienced Roos, who helped reset the Melbourne Football Club before handing over to Simon Goodwin.

Chief executive Ben Amarfio confirmed that Roos is likely to have an official role in the football department next season, although the club is still working through the finer details.

"I'm really keen for him to have a role," Noble said of Roos.

"I think we can absolutely utilise his knowledge and experience. He's coached two clubs, for me he'll be a great sounding board, I'm sure he'll be a good counsel for me a number of times. He'll be great for our assistant coaches, he worked with John Blakey [at Sydney], he'll be a great mentor for some of our players.

"I'm really looking forward to working with Roosy … I think he's got some great experiences that can only make us, as an organisation, better."

Noble was also asked about the comments from his chairman Ben Buckley, who said earlier on Monday morning in a radio interview that the club expected to be a consistent top-four team and contending for a premiership in two to three years.

The new coach said he agreed with the timeline.

"That's in line with what we spoke about at the board meeting," Noble said.

"We've got to have ambition, there's no problem with that. We've got to get ourselves organised."

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