Hocking axes Schwab as umpires boss
AFL: The AFL has sacked umpires chief Peter Schwab in the first sign of new football boss Steve Hocking’s interventionist approach.
Schwab (pictured) was extremely popular with umpires after replacing Wayne Campbell as their leader only late last year.
But Hocking, in the job since only October 16, moved him on as he restructured aspects of the AFL’s umpiring and football department.
The AFL had lured Schwab, a former Hawthorn player and coach, out of a head recruiting role with Brisbane last December.
Hocking said yesterday the league was moving in a different direction.
“Peter took over the role at a critical time for the AFL, and ... is seeking new challenges,” Hocking said.
The AFL’s statement quoted Schwab saying he was happy to move back into football.
“My passion and skill set lie more with football than they do with umpiring,” Schwab said.