The shakeup of the Brisbane Lions, has claimed another scalp.
Club CEO, Malcolm Holmes, resigned this afternoon.
It comes as the Lions’ financial woes deepen with direct intervention by the AFL more likely.
Mackenzie Lyon reports.
Just last week, incoming AFL Boss Gillon McLachlan said fixing the Lions was one of his first priorities.
And mid-afternoon the Lion’s announced their CEO had stepped down.
Bob Sharpless, Chairman: “Today I’m announcing Malcolm Holmes has chosen to resign as Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane Lions Football Club.”
But the club said it wasn’t a case of jumping before being pushed.
Bob Sharpless, Chairman: “Malcolm had a set term, he had an agenda of things he wanted to achieve, and I think Malcolm appreciated that’s where the clubs at the moment.”
Lions Chief Executive Malcolm Holmes had been in the top job for four years.
In that time, he’d wielded the hatchet himself dumping Michael Voss as coach in August last year after the former player failed to deliver.
This morning, players wouldn’t be drawn on the looming dismissals.
Dayne Zorko, Brisbane Lions Forward: To be perfectly honest, we control what happens out on the field and whatever happens upstairs, happens upstairs.”
The players have kept on kicking despite the boardroom turmoil.
The club last made a profit in 2007 and since then has recorded losses of $12 million.
They could lose another two million this year.
If that hadn’t bruised the pride enough.
Also dead in the water, plans to move Lions training facilities to Springfield.
The Lion’s financial woes have been mirrored on the pitch this season, with only one win and the bottom place on the ladder to their name.
Mackenzie Lyon, QUT News.