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Tigers boss flags changes ahead

By Sam Lienert 26/07/2008 07:27:58 PM Comments (0)

Richmond president Gary March says talk Tigers football director Greg Miller is facing the axe is "pure speculation", but confirmed the club will soon outline changes to their football department.

March's comments came in response to The Australian newspaper reporting that Miller and at least one of Richmond's assistant coaches were expected to lose their jobs at the end of the season, as a result of an ongoing review of the department.

March, who is conducting the review, along with fellow directors Peggy Haines and Michael O'Shannassy, said it was part of a long-term process that resulted in the club last year appointing Craig Cameron as list manager and Craig McRae as development coach in 2006.

"That review process has been ongoing, it's still ongoing and we'll be looking to further enhance our football department," March said at the club's pre-match function ahead of Saturday night's match against Brisbane.

"What came out today at the moment is pure speculation.

"We'll be talking about it over the next couple of weeks as we go through that process, but that's all I'm going to say on the matter at the moment.

"... It's not something that's unusual at this organisation, it's something that's been ongoing for a long time.

"It will continue and it will continue until we get the Richmond Football Club back up where we want them to be - in the top four clubs in the competition."

Meanwhile, March hit out at Collingwood over their lobbying of the AFL to set aside the Easter Thursday night timeslot for an annual Magpies-Geelong clash.

Richmond and Carlton attracted a crowd of more than 70,000 for the season-opener on that occasion this year, with the Tigers believing those two clubs would be allowed to make it into a regular blockbuster occasion.

March said the Tigers had pushed hard to be given that prime timeslot and were not about to let it go to the Magpies and Cats without a fight.

"What really annoys me about that situation is we've all as clubs got to band together, it's a time where it's well documented ... it's a difficult economic circumstance," he said.

"What we don't need are clubs pinching games off other clubs for the sake of pinching them.

"I think Collingwood has enough blockbusters in its portfolio at the moment to sort out their needs, they don't need to be coming after our games.

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