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Voss, Bowers to be assisted in review

17/08/2010 04:11:35 PM Comments (0)

The final piece of the puzzle is yet to be put in place but Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss is adamant the battling AFL club finally knows "what needs to be done" in its sweeping club review.

The club announced on Tuesday that a "yet to be appointed board nominee" would assist Voss and Lions chief executive Michael Bowers in the internal review following a high-powered meeting on Monday night.

A club statement said more information would be given "at an appropriate time".

There were reports that a power struggle loomed at the meeting after Voss is alleged to have initially resisted the board's recommendation that an independent football figure also become involved in the review.

Former club chief executives Peter Jackson and Bill Sanders are reportedly among the "key football figures" being considered by the Lions board.

But Voss said on Tuesday that everyone left the meeting "pretty clear as to what needs to be done".

"It was ratified by our board last night," he said.

"We have come to a point where we know where we are going and what needs to be done."

Voss said he and Bowers tabled a "pretty thorough" blueprint for the review to the board on Monday night.

"I think our members and supporters can be pretty confident that we are going to be pretty thorough in what we look at," he said.

"And confident that at the end of this there will be some very good outcomes."

The club said in a statement that the review's framework was approved by the board of directors at the Monday night meeting held at the Gabba.

"It will be led by the chief executive and senior coach with support from a yet to be appointed board nominee who will work and collaborate with (Voss and Bowers) ... throughout the internal review process," it said.

"The process has been fully endorsed by the board.

"The internal review is the first step in the Lions' preparation for the 2011 season."

Lions chairman Tony Kelly ordered the review during the club's woeful 2010 season where at one stage they lost 13 of 14 games and looked in sight of their first wooden spoon since 1998.

Meanwhile, Voss said he would know more on the fitness of skipper Jonathan Brown (knee) "in the next 24 hours".

The injury robbed Brown of celebrating his 200th game in front of the Gabba faithful last Sunday against Adelaide.

But Voss said it was tempting to put the inspirational leader on ice for the rest of 2010 to ensure a full pre-season.

"As far as Browny goes, we are at a stage where as a club and a team we want to see out the season strong, so we will be picking a team based on that," Voss said.

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