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Dicker to stay on as Hawks president

By Adam Cooper 06/09/2004 09:07:46 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn president Ian Dicker has vowed to lead the embattled AFL club until the end of 2005 despite speculation he has been urged to stand down.

Dicker emerged from a three-hour meeting with an advisory group including former premiership players Ray Wilson, Richard Loveridge and Peter Hudson determined to see out his term and adamant his leadership had not been questioned.

"Not at all," he said when asked if he had been urged to quit the post.

"Everybody in the group was completely supportive, it wasn't an issue discussed.

"We were on about the future of Hawthorn.

"I don't know why this stepping down is an issue.

"I've said consistently that I'm elected until the end of 2005 and that's what I intend to serve.

"I'm bound to the members and want to serve the members until the end of 2005."

Asked if he would stay on as president, Dicker said: "Of course."

A report said the advisory group - a group of high-profile Hawthorn supporters and business leaders - wanted Dicker to stand down to prevent a messy takeover challenge from Don Scott's ticket.

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