MARC Almond will coach Corowa-Rutherglen next year.
Almost five seasons after first being linked to the top position at John Foord Oval, Almond will take over the Ovens and Murray’s toughest job from Terry Burgess.
Burgess will coach until the end of the season.
Almond faces a baptism of fire with Corowa-Rutherglen losing its last 32 matches and being on the brink of ditching its reserve grade team due to dwindling numbers.
The Roos declined to comment when contacted by The Border Mail.
Originally from Yarrawonga, Almond spent 1-½ seasons as an assistant-coach at Wodonga Raiders before taking this year off.
He previously coached Tallangatta and District league club Dederang-Mt Beauty for just over two years with his tenure cut short due to “irreconcilable differences”.
Almond coached for five seasons at Howlong with the highlight being the Spiders’ come-from-behind 2010 grand final win against Culcairn at Walbundrie.
He served three years as Tim Sanson’s assistant coach at Lavington.
Almond has also coached the Hume league and assisted Ovens and Murray co-coaches Jon Henry and Darrell Spencer for the past two seasons.
Burgess, who won the 1983 Morris Medal playing for Wodonga, took over at Corowa-Rutherglen in November, 2015, following the departure of Bryce Campbell.