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Miller sacking on the cards at Richmond

By Adam Cooper 27/07/2008 06:52:13 PM Comments (0)

Richmond could on Monday give director of football Greg Miller his marching orders and officially end a messy episode that has put a dampener on the club's charge to the AFL finals.

At a time when the Tigers should be celebrating Saturday night's thrilling win over Brisbane and focusing on earning their first finals berth in seven years, the club famed for eating its own was faced with another high-profile sacking.

Miller is expected to become the first casualty of a review of the football department conducted by club president Gary March and two of his board members.

March had intended to discuss the review and Miller's position with him, but could not contact him before news of Miller's pending dismissal was leaked to the media.

Instead of attending Saturday night's game at Telstra Dome, Miller left Melbourne for the weekend, which left the Tigers unable to confirm the looming sacking until Miller and March met, which is expected to occur on Monday.

The situation also left Tigers coach Terry Wallace as the one responsible for fielding questions over Miller's future, which he admitted he felt awkward discussing when he did not know exactly what was happening.

After his side rallied to come from behind and beat the Lions by three points, which put the Tigers within reach of the eight, Wallace said he was unsure about Miller's position and needed to seek answers from the club's administration himself.

Wallace said the issue had been a distraction for him before the game, although not his players.

"Certainly it was a distraction for myself over a 24-hour period," Wallace told Fairfax Radio.

"My biggest concern was that number one, the playing group wasn't distracted last night and I didn't think that really occurred, so that was OK.

"The other scenario was I knew I was going to be facing the music (in media interviews) prior to the match with not a heck of a lot of knowledge where exactly things were sitting and what was going on.

"So I found that very, very awkward. I was almost the spokesperson for something that I didn't have knowledge on and that's difficult."

Miller contacted Wallace to tell him he would not attend the game.

Wallace said Miller had gone "up bush" and hoped to contact him on Sunday.

Miller and March did not return calls.

Miller, a former chief executive at North Melbourne, has been an influential figure since joining Richmond in 2002.

He recruited most of the players on the club's list and Wallace after Danny Frawley was sacked, and until this year held a position on the board.

The review has also reportedly cast doubt over the future of Richmond assistant coach Jade Rawlings given the Tigers want to bolster their strength in that area.

But Wallace said he had been assured by March and new director Tony Free that Rawlings' position was safe.

Wallace was also confident his own position was safe and that he would coach into a fifth season, in 2009.

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