Departing AFL supremo Gillon McLachlan reveals he wants to become a coach when he finally steps down – as his lavish, star-studded vacation plans come to light
- The CEO resigned last April
- Will resign in October
- Has a surprising plan for next season
Outgoing AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has revealed he wants to stay in football after eventually quitting his job – coaching a junior team.
The 49-year-old is expected to be distraught when he finally leaves league management in October, having announced his resignation in April last year.
There has been much speculation about his next career move, with reports that he is one of the main candidates to lead the Brisbane Olympics in 2032 – but his first priority after leaving the job is to see his ‘he can cut it by running his local club in Melbourne.
“I want to coach a football team. Not just be [a] runner or substitute coach, but be a good coach of a junior team and spend more time at the club with my children,’ he said at the Melbourne Cricket Club’s Norm Smith Oration on Thursday.
McLachlan (pictured with his wife Laura and their children Sydney, Edie, Cleo and Luna after announcing his resignation last April) is keen to see if he can cut it as a footy coach
The 49-year-old wants to take charge of a junior team near his home in chic south-east Melbourne, not least so he can spend more time with his children.
‘[I want] to see if my passion and my privilege of having been able to influence the game translates into the ability to influence a team of 25 boys or girls from the difficult backgrounds of [upmarket Melbourne suburbs] Prahran, Toorak and Armadale.
“Either way, football and I will always be close to each other, just in a different form, watching my children experience the same joy I first experienced cutting off the head of the rose bush there. years ago.”
McLachlan was a hands-on player in his youth, playing for Pleasant Valley in South Australia’s Hills Football League before joining the University of Melbourne Blues in the Victorian Amateur Football Association and making Carlton’s extra roster in 1996 and 1997.
But before picking up a manager’s clipboard, the longtime league boss will take a brief break from the game on a luxurious European holiday.
McLachlan and his wife Laura are bound for Paris next week, where he will be a best man at the star-studded wedding of celebrity chef Guillaume Brahimi and Tamie Ingham, of the famed Ingham Chicken Family.
Next week, McLachlan and his wife will be on their way to Paris, where he will be best man at the wedding of celebrity chef Guillaume Brahimi (pictured)
Brahimi is getting married to Tamie Ingham (pictured) and McLachlan will be joined by media mogul Lachlan Murdoch at the star-studded event
Other guests include Rupert Murdoch’s son Lachlan and AFL commissioner Paul Bassat, who founded job search website Seek, according to Fairfax Newspapers.
He had originally planned to take a longer break, assuming he would now be out of action, but he will instead split his holiday in half, returning to Australia before heading back to spend time in Israel in July, the publication reported. .
McLachlan has had a busy and contentious few weeks, presiding over Tasmania’s successful bid to become the league’s 19th team and announcing the results of the AFL’s investigation into accusations of racism against Hawthorn.
The league has made no adverse findings against former Hawks coaches Alastair Clarkson and Chris Fagan, and senior staffer Jason Burt, who have all maintained their innocence over the explosive allegations.