Former Collingwood chairman Eddie McGuire has said the next AFL CEO must be “someone who understands football”.
Current CEO Gillon McLachlan announced his decision to step down at the end of the season this week, sparking a search to replace him in one of Australian sport’s most prestigious roles.
McLachlan’s successor remains a mystery as a host of potential candidates emerge.
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To complicate matters, senior AFL reporter Caroline Wilson said current AFL leaders Andrew Dillon, Travis Auld and Kylie Rogers are the top three candidates, but are individuals who will not please. to the 18 clubs.
“There are three names the AFL is throwing around. Realistically, the two most important candidates for the AFL are Andrew Dillon and Travis Auld. Kylie Rogers is there too,” Wilson said on Nine’s. Footy Ranked.
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“But I honestly believe the majority of clubs don’t think any of these people should lead the AFL.”
Looking at club leaders, Wilson said Richmond CEO Brendon Gale and Swans boss Tom Harley, who are both ex-players, would receive the most support.
“Clubland contenders, Brendon Gale – the heavy favorite…and a small underdog, Tom Harley,” Wilson added.
“Probably not quite there yet, but if the clubs name anyone who might be right in a few years, it’s Tom Harley.”
Attention quickly turned to McGuire, who was pressed by Wilson on whether he would consider running for the top job.
McGuire jokingly said he would send his “submission to headhunters tomorrow” before admitting, “I didn’t even think about that.”
“It’s not something that’s ever been on my radar. I’ll say no now.”
McGuire put together a list of current issues that should be addressed by the game’s next CEO.
“For Brendon Gale, I look at it and go, ex-player – there’s no ex-player on commission at the moment or in the senior management ranks other than Brad Scott,” McGuire said.
“He was in charge of the AFLPA. For me the most important things going forward will be concussions, player health and welfare, Tasmania and roster impact – he ticks off a lot of these things.
“Andrew Dillon has been around since 2000, he’s also big on all of those things.
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“I think once Gillon McLachlan, if he gets the TV rights deal and those other things, I think we have to go back to someone who understands football.
“We need to get the grassroots growth going again. There’s going to be huge drama with the women and the men, and if we bring in another team, I’m really aware that we’re getting scarce.”
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