Former AFL boss Gillon McLachlan is within the field seat to be the brand new chairman of Racing Victoria.
Punters can verify that whereas McLachlan has not but formally accepted the place, he’s the popular candidate of Victoria’s Racing Minister, Anthony Carbines.
Carbines’ workplace wouldn’t touch upon Monday afternoon. Nonetheless, a number of sources confirmed McLachlan had overwhelmed a subject of greater than 10 different candidates to be provided the place.
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McLachlan was first mooted as a possible substitute for former chairman Brian Kruger as early as August final yr. Mike Hirst has been appearing within the chairman’s position since final July.
If appointed, McLachlan would successfully go head-to-head along with his previous NRL sparring accomplice, Peter V’landys, in one other sport.
On Sunday, Punters reported plans have been superior for the appointment of a brand new chairman to go the height trade physique’s board.
A refreshed board would then be put in place, however many trade leaders consider change has been inadequate and too gradual.
Hirst and Greg Nichols, the longest serving director on the board, will vacate their positions earlier than June 30.
Nichols’ time period was on account of expire in November however the administrator introduced ahead his departure to assist the board renewal.
The metropolitan golf equipment, Victoria Racing Membership, Melbourne Racing Membership and Moonee Valley Racing Membership, together with Nation Racing Victoria, maintain the vast majority of votes.
Former North Melbourne boss Ben Amarfio’s position, govt normal supervisor buyer, can be beneath scrutiny, amongst others.
McLachlan, who was the CEO of the AFL between June 2014 and October 2023, formally handed over the reins to Andrew Dillon after final yr’s Grand Last.
Amongst McLachlan’s main achievements have been a seven-year, $4.5bn extension to the AFL’s broadcast deal in September 2022, the launch of the AFLW in 2017, the creation of the league’s ‘Collect Spherical’ in Adelaide in 2023 plus file numbers in participation, membership and viewership.
He was additionally broadly praised for his position in steering the AFL via the Covid-19 pandemic.
Even earlier than he stepped into the highest job, McLachlan performed a giant position beneath former CEO Andrew Demetriou in serving to the enlargement groups, Gold Coast Suns and GWS Giants, and delivering new stadiums for them.
This included the institution of hubs in Queensland and South Australia, all whereas delivering a $200 million surplus to make sure all 18 groups survived.
He additionally helped preserve the AFL’s showpiece sport in its heartland. In 2018, McLachlan caught a cope with the MCG value practically $500 million to maintain the grand remaining on the venue till 2058, excluding the 2020 (Brisbane) and 2021 (Perth) deciders, which occurred through the pandemic.
This text was initially revealed at Punters and was republished with permission.
Initially revealed as Ex-AFL chief Gillon McLachlan set for main new position… and he’ll be combating with the NRL boss once more
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