Brendon Gale to depart as Richmond Tigers CEO, join Tasmania,19th expansion club, details, Caroline Wilson report, latest news


Richmond CEO Brendan Gale’s departure from the club is “imminent” in a move to lead the 19th AFL team in his home state Tasmania, reports veteran journalist Caroline Wilson.

Gale has been the Tigers CEO since 20019, overseeing the club’s recent golden era where it won three premierships in four years under Damien Hardwick.

Speaking on Channel 9’s Footy Classified, Wilson said she expects Gale to leave the Tigers in the coming months to head up the new Tasmanian club, which is set to enter the competition in 2028.

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Gale speaking with Dustin Martin after a game (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Gale speaking with Dustin Martin after a game (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

“I believe it’s an end of an era for the Richmond Football Club, an end of the Brendon Gale era,” Wilson said.

“My understanding is his departure is imminent. His contract clause, I believe, says he needs to give the club six months notice to leave, I think (Tigers president) John O’Rourke and his board will try and convince Brendon to stay a little longer.

“But I believe he will be CEO of Tasmania by the start of 2025. In other words, this will be Brendon’s last season (as Tigers CEO).

“It’s the best of three decades now at Richmond, 15 (years) as CEO, 12 as a player.”

Adem Yze unveiled as coach with O’Rourke and Gale (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

Wilson added that the Tasmanian board and the AFL want Gale to head up the AFL’s 19th license by the start of 2025 to begin working through a host of issues it faces, while it reportedly hopes to announce his appointment by next month.

“They want a key man in charge, as do the AFL to run the list management three years out (from their first season) ,” she said”

The start of a women’s team, two or three years out. The stadium issues, government issues, commercial et cetera.

“It’s an enormous coup.”

Wilson also reported Gale has a “succession plan” in place if the Tigers were to replace him internally, but expects the club to extend its search externally.

Tasmania next Monday is set to announce its official name, logo, colours and jumper. Reports have said the competition’s newest team will follow traditional Tasmanian themes and be named the Devils and play under the predominant green strip.


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