ST KILDA has appointed former AFL executive Simon Lethlean as its new football boss.
Lethlean, who resigned from the league in acrimonious circumstances earlier this year, will replace Jamie Cox in the role after he moved as part of a reshuffle in the football department.
The Saints board “unanimously endorsed” Lethlean’s appointment on Thursday night, marking his return to footy after leaving the AFL in July due to an inappropriate relationship.
“Simon brings significant skills and experience to the club,” St Kilda CEO Matt Finnis said.
“His knowledge of football, from grassroots to the elite, as well as his executive experience in legal, fixturing, broadcasting, game development, AFL Women’s and football operations will be invaluable to St Kilda.
“His experience as a successful club and representative coach and player prior to his administrative career rounds out an enviable football resume.”
Prior to his departure earlier this year, Lethlean had spent 14 years with the AFL dating back to 2004. He was promoted to the position of operations boss in 2017.
Lethlean had been linked to vacant CEO roles at Carlton, Collingwood and Hawthorn prior to landing the job at St Kilda, but was overlooked on each occasion.
“St Kilda is a club with a clear vision, a united administration, a very strong coach and a young talented list,” Lethlean said.
“I am extremely pleased to be joining the club in this new role and feel humbled to be given a second chance in the industry that I love.
“I am passionate about football and am thankful to Matt Finnis, Alan Richardson, Peter Summers and the entire board and club for giving me this opportunity.
“I spoke to the playing group and the entire staff this morning and outlined my passion for football and the opportunities I see in the role.
“I believe I can be part of a team that delivers real and sustained success to St Kilda Football Club.”
Lethlean will begin his role at St Kilda on January 8.