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Lions chief on way after three years in the job

AFTER being unveiled last week as Andrew Demetriou's successor as chief executive officer of the AFL, Gillon McLachlan said one of his first priorities would be to help the debt-ridden Brisbane Lions.

While he doesn't officially start in the role until June 6, McLachlan's hand was clearly in yesterday's decision by Lions chief executive Malcolm Holmes (pictured) to step down immediately.

With the club reported to be $10 million in debt, having not made a profit since 2007, a rescue package from the AFL, almost as big as the $14million given to Port Adelaide several years ago, will need to be negotiated.

The AFL will want to oversee the implementation, and Carlton boss Greg Swann, on the outer at the club after its poor start to the season, could be parachuted in to replace Holmes after turning around the financial woes of Collingwood and the Blues. Holmes was chief of the Lions for three years.


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