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SBD Global/April 10, 2013/Franchises

AFL Melbourne CEO Cameron Schwab Resigns, More Club Officials Jobs In Jeopardy

Ousted Australian Football League Melbourne CEO Cameron Schwab "may be just the first head to roll" as the club "lurches deeper into its greatest crisis," according to Bruce Matthews of the HERALD SUN. After Melbourne lost its first two games of the season by a total of 227 points, Demons President Don McLardy "refused to guarantee anyone's job." McLardy: "Everyone in our football club is under extreme pressure. We're all accountable for what's happening at our club. The board will meet in the next 24 to 48 hours and we'll work out our pathway forward from here" (HERALD SUN, 4/9). In Sydney, Greg Denham reported McLardy said that supporter backlash "was the chief reason for seeking Schwab's resignation." Melbourne directors "will meet this week to form a strategy on Schwab's replacement." In the interim, that role will be filled by board member Paul Spargo. McLardy "denied any outside pressure from the AFL to dismiss Schwab." McLardy: "We make our own decisions on our football club" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 4/10). In Melbourne, Mark Robinson reported AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou echoed McLardy's assertion this "was a club decision." Demetriou: "There was enough pressure being borne by supporters and others, the board has decided to act. I think that's what happened. The groundswell of what happened at the weekend, it was almost tsunami-like" (HERALD SUN, 4/10).
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