Essendon's caput of shot Josh Mahoney has knocked backmost the accidental to beryllium the AFL's caller Football Operations brag successful a determination that could interaction the club's biggest rivals.
Mahoney is understood to person "impressed" successful his archetypal play arsenic Essendon's shot boss, overseeing an awesome 2021 play which saw the nine marque the finals unexpectedly.
The 43-year-old has been an ever-present fig successful elder manager Ben Rutten's container during games passim the twelvemonth and has besides played an progressive relation successful the club's database management.
Mahoney's determination to cull the AFL relation could person implications connected Carlton's elder coaching contention with erstwhile North Melbourne manager Brad Scott understood to beryllium weighing up the AFL relation and the Blues role.
According to seasoned AFL columnist Caroline Wilson, Scott had emerged arsenic a contender for the Carlton role aft the nine was knocked backmost by Alastair Clarkson and Ross Lyon.
"What is wide present is that Brad Scott holds the cardinal to the Carlton coaching position, successful my view," she told Nine's Footy Classified last week.
"Brad Scott has not been interviewed formally, but I recognize [he] is powerfully considering throwing his chapeau into the ring."