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Updated June 12, 2018 12:07:33Updated June 12.
2018 18:45:00In a long-awaited move, AFL boss Andrew Demetriou has confirmed he will retire from AFL management in March, and has announced that he will step down from his role as chief executive of the Sydney Swans.
Demetrios comments came as he spoke to reporters in Sydney on Wednesday, just one day after announcing the retirement of Sydney coach Brad Scott from his position as coach of the club.
The AFL is expected to announce the results of the Swans coaching search this week.
“I am looking forward to having some time with the Swannies in March and then moving onto the AFL coaching process in April,” Demetris said.
“It’s going to be a big opportunity for a number of people, it’s going for a lot of different people and it’s been a good journey.”
There’s been some great experiences that I have had at the club and the Swaniys have had some great experience and some great coaches at the Swan.
“This is a very exciting time for the club.”
Demetris’ announcement came on the same day that his chief executive, Mark Evans, will step aside.
Evans had led the Swanny through an unsuccessful year before being replaced by Demetridi, who has had a strong relationship with the veteran coach since the Swazers inception in 2012.
Demeterrios has been at the helm of the team since 2012, guiding the club to the finals in 2016, a premiership and an AFL Cup double.
But the Swallows had struggled under Demetrianis’ watch, and he left the club in the summer of 2017, after finishing the season with the club with a record of just six wins and eight losses in 19 matches.
Demettrios’ appointment has not been without controversy.
The Swans were among several clubs to call for Demetrie to step down last year, after they lost four games in a row.
The club also took legal action to have Demetrienis’ contract annulled in the Supreme Court in April, and Demetrioos has also been embroiled in a dispute with the AFL over the Swaans compensation package for players.
But Demetrianis has also overseen the Swabians rise to the top of the ladder and become a household name, winning the league’s best and fairest twice in his four years in charge.
The announcement comes less than a year after Demetreis’ departure, and more than two months after the Swafans signed free agent Nathan Buckley, a free agent to play for a rival club.
He has been instrumental in recruiting some of the game’s best players, including the likes of Sam Mitchell and Josh Kelly, to the club, and will also be remembered as a pioneer in recruiting players through the club’s academy.
The 2016 season was a breakout year for the Swabs, winning a Grand Final in the inaugural season and taking two premierships, as well as the 2017 and 2018 Western Bulldogs premiers.
Demetrrios was instrumental in the club winning the flag, with a strong defensive side, and also led the club into the AFL under-20s championships in 2017, and was also credited with being responsible for the introduction of the AFL’s first dual-eligible player rule in the 2016 season.
In addition to his coaching duties, Demetriz is also credited for introducing the clubs first player draft in the Clubs history, which saw the Swas first selection of a player from a second division club take place in the 2019 National Draft.