Port Forum 'General AFL Talk' Thread Part 15

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Apr 24, 2020
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Clubs cut football departments as doubt grows over coaches’ future
Chris Cavanagh
, Herald Sun
May 14, 2020 8:42pm

Clubs were tonight finalising their new-look football departments, with a host of coaches and staff told they were no longer required as brutal AFL-imposed cost cuts came to a head.

The hard conversations with club staff this week came after the AFL mandated on Tuesday that only 25 football department staff would be allowed to attend games when the season resumes.

Cuts of up to 40 per cent in football departments could remain next year, placing the futures of up to 60 coaches in doubt.

AFL Coaches’ Association chief executive Mark Brayshaw said while the cuts had been expected for some time, it had been a dark week for football’s coaching fraternity.

“The clubs have responded to the advice from the league about the headcount restrictions in footy departments when we reconvene and sadly that has meant several coaches and other people in footy departments have been let go,” Brayshaw told the Herald Sun.

“It’s sobering. People have been thinking this day would come for months but here it is, so it’s been a tough week.”