Sch­wab axed as AFL starts um­pir­ing re­boot

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

FOR­MER Hawthorn head coach Peter Sch­wab has been dumped as head of the AFL um­pir­ing de­part­ment af­ter less than a year in the po­si­tion.

New AFL gen­eral man­ager of foot­ball op­er­a­tions Steve Hock­ing yes­ter­day an­nounced that Sch­wab had fin­ished up in his role.

“Whilst I have en­joyed my year be­ing the na­tional head of um­pir­ing and I thank the AFL for the op­por­tu­nity, I have come to re­alise my pas­sion and skill set lie more with foot­ball than they do with um­pir­ing,” Sch­wab said in a state­ment.

Hock­ing will now un­der­take a wide-rang­ing re­view of the de­vel­op­ment and coach­ing pro­gram for um­pires.

“At­tract­ing and sup­port­ing um­pires at every level of our game re­mains a con­sid­er­able chal­lenge, and build­ing in­creased ca­pac­ity in our um­pir­ing de­part­ment is a crit­i­cal task for me as the new GM Foot­ball,” Hock­ing said.

Sch­wab re­placed Wayne Camp­bell as the AFL um­pires’ boss last De­cem­ber af­ter Camp­bell was ap­pointed gen­eral man­ager of foot­ball at Greater West­ern Syd­ney.

Sch­wab, 57, coached Hawthorn from 2000 to 2004, hav­ing pre­vi­ously played 171 games for the Hawks.

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