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Coaches seek new CEO


THE AFL Coaches’ Association has begun the search for a new leader to replace its chief executive officer, life member Peter Allen, who died in June.

The AFLCA has appointed an advisory group to lead the organisation into a new era.

AFLCA president Neale Daniher said the association would become more active in the administration and promotion of the game.

“In our view there is an overwhelming need for the coaches to have a unified voice on industry-related matters,” Daniher said.

“We will seek involvement in the future direction of the game where we consider we have a valid contribution to make.”

The six-man advisory team will be led by Len Coysh, who will act as interim CEO until a new chief executive can be found.

Len Coysh was one of the three people appointed by the players in 1979 to resurrect the AFL Players’ Association.

Other members of the advisory group are Geoff Slade, Damien Smith, Chris Pollard, Ricky Nixon and Peter Schwab.

Geoff Slade, a former AFL footballer at Melbourne and a well-known businessman, will manage the recruitment of a permanent CEO. The position will be advertised nationally and will be filled within the next six months.

Chris Pollard is a lawyer who drew up the original AFLCA constitution, Peter Schwab was the inaugural president of the Coaches’ Association, and Damien Smith and Ricky Nixon are both leading sports managers.

“We are in the process of developing an action plan that will address our relationship with the AFL, an endowment scheme for coaches and a complete review of the services provided by the association,” Daniher said.

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