CEO Simon Garlick surprised many AFL fans when he recently resigned from the Western Bulldogs. Garlick had been with the club for over 13 years and took over as CEO in 2010. He formerly played for the side, was a member of the board, and acted as its manager, but felt the time was right for him to step down. He believes it’s the perfect time to turn the page and begin a new chapter in his career as well as his life. To keep up to date on all of the league’s recent events, check out BetEasy AFL information.
The Bulldogs’ board has already begun its search for somebody to take over from Garlick, but until somebody is officially appointed it looks like Michael Quinn, the chief operating officer, and team president Peter Gordon will share the duties of the CEO. Gordon stated that Garlick was an important member of the club during some difficult times in its history. He told the media, “Under his leadership, the club has maintained membership levels through this period of indifferent on-field performance and he has maintained the economic position of the club through that difficult time.”
It has been quite an active offseason for the club as Luke Beveridge was appointed the team’s new head coach back in November after Brendan McCartney left. In addition, there’s been an upheaval on the field as veteran Robert Murphy replaces Ryan Griffen as the squad’s captain following Griffen’s move to Greater Western Sydney. By following BetEasy AFL information you won’t miss any of the news and action during the league’s season and offseason. Griffen wasn’t the only one to leave either as senior players Adam Cooney left for Essendon and Shaun Higgins headed to North Melbourne when last season ended.
Garlick believes he’s leaving the team in stable condition as the Bulldogs attempt to make it to the finals for the first time in five years. He announced to the media, “I believe it’s in the best interests of the club, my family and myself at this time given the recent appointment of a new coach, a stable board in place and a new five-year strategic plan for the club ready to be launched. It has been a privilege to serve the club in this capacity after representing it as a player.”
The former CEO went on to thank everybody at the club for their support during his stint with the Bulldogs and wished them the best of luck in 2015 and in the future. The Bulldogs and the rest of the AFL’s clubs can be followed throughout the year via BetEasy AFL information.