WESTERN Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has slammed Ryan Griffen for reneging on an undertaking he made to the club to work with coach Brendan McCartney on an ongoing basis.
Gordon conceded Griffen raised concerns about the senior coach on the day after the club best and fairest was held in early September which were relayed to club CEO Simon Garlick and McCartney.
It led to a meeting between McCartney, the club's football director Chris Grant and Griffen where the concerns were aired and addressed.
"We arranged for Ryan to meet with Brendan and our football director, Chris Grant, and they discussed his concerns. Brendan acknowledged some faults and agreed to work on them. At the conclusion of the meeting, Chris asked Ryan if he was happy with the meeting and agreeable to working with Macca on an ongoing basis," Gordon said.
"Ryan answered yes to both questions and added that while he was on leave he wanted to reflect upon whether he was best suited to captain the club in the future."
Gordon's statement sheds some light on why Griffen's decision came as such a shock to the Bulldogs.
The president had spoken frankly on Tuesday at the club's launch about the process the club had gone through addressing concerns and dealing with festering issues.
"We have been through a period where we have asked each other hard questions and we have asked hard questions of ourselves as well," Gordon said at the launch of the club's new logo.
"It's largely being a very constructive process and I think you will find in 2015, we will emerge stronger from it."
AFL.com.au understands the Bulldogs were making changes to its football department structure to support the coach who is contracted until 2016.
However after returning from overseas, Griffen informed his management on Wednesday night of his intention to leave the club although he has a year of his contract to run.
"We are extremely disappointed at his approach and have no intention of indulging it."