St Kilda are in fresh turmoil after chief executive Simon Lethlean departed the club effective immediately on Thursday.
The former AFL executive had been in the top job for less than 18 months, having taken over from predecessor Matt Finnis at the end of the 2022 season.
Lethlean first joined the Saints in 2017 as football boss in what was a controversial appointment following his sacking as AFL football operations manager.
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But he moved up to become St Kilda’s chief operating officer and remained one of the faces of the club.
Lethlean was a key figure in re-appointing senior coach Brett Ratten midway through the 2022 season but his influence dwindled almost as soon as he formally began as CEO later that year.
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President Andrew Bassat initiated a post-season review that led to Ratten being sacked and Ross Lyon returning for a second stint as coach.
Less than two years later and Lethlean has been moved on.
“The club’s board and Lethlean have come to a decision that the demands of the club and the requirements and focuses of the role of the CEO have shifted and it is now an appropriate time to look for a new leader,” St Kilda said in a statement.
Bassat said the club has undergone “significant changes” since his review two years ago.
“Simon and the board share the view that a new CEO would be best placed to take the club forward,” the president said.
“We wish Simon all the best and thank him for his commitment to the club and the contribution he made to St Kilda and our community.”
Lethlean said: “The club has a new coach and a new strategy, and I have agreed with the president that it is time for the club to seek a new CEO.”
Carl Dilena, the current chief operating officer and a former North Melbourne boss, will take over as acting CEO.