Main content

Recommended videos

Highlights: Richmond v Carlton

11:17pm Mar 27, 2014

Malthouse rues costly mistakes

11:44pm Mar 27, 2014

Recommended articles

Sunday football as it happened

Sunday football as it happened

Recap Port's Showdown upset, plus big wins for the Hawks and Tigers

11:45am Apr 14, 2013

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

 Recap Friday night's MCG clash as the Tigers make their best start to a season in 16 years

04:00pm Apr 5, 2013

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Recap Friday night's blockbuster as the Blues capitulate in front of 78,000 at the MCG

10:36pm Jul 5, 2013

Saturday football as it happened

Saturday football as it happened

Recap a day bookended by two major boilovers

01:00pm Mar 30, 2013

Fantasy review: round three

Fantasy review: round three

It was a tough round for AFL Fantasy coaches, Warnie writes

10:42pm Apr 6, 2014

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Tom Hafey remembered as a great coach and a wonderful man

06:15pm May 19, 2014

Anderson to leave before Christmas

Matt Thompson  December 14, 2012 1:23 PM

AFL 2012 Media - Laws of the Game Changes

Adrian Anderson will leave the AFL next week


THE AFL is preparing to appoint an acting general manager of football operations after confirming Adrian Anderson will finish next Friday.

Anderson, 40, announced his departure last week after nine years running the day-to-day operations of the competition.

"Adrian Anderson has confirmed that he will be finishing in his role as AFL general manager football operations on Friday 21 December," League spokesman James Tonkin said on Friday.

"An acting general manager will be appointed at that time."

Anderson had indicated he would help through the handover to a new football operations boss, and the AFL insists he still will do so.

Game development boss Andrew Dillon has been mooted as a possible contender for the interim role.

Tonkin said: "Adrian will continue to assist the AFL during the transition period leading to a permanent appointment before the start of the 2013 season.

Anderson, a former lawyer, is yet to say what he will do next.

He is the third member of the AFL executive to leave during this off-season following the exits of HR boss Christina Ogg and general manager of strategy and marketing Andrew Catterall.

Anderson's pre-Christmas departure confirms he won't see the controversial Melbourne tanking investigation through to its conclusion.

He will leave it behind as one of a number of issues facing the League's football operations department in 2013 along with an upcoming summit on illicit drug use among players, contention over third-party deals and ongoing debate over the interchange setup.

Matt Thompson is a reporter for AFL Media. Follow him on Twitter @MattThompsonAFL