‘I can see some friction coming’: The tricky item on McLachlan’s agenda

On a bonus episode of the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Peter Ryan discuss Gillon McLachlan’s departure as CEO of the AFL.

McLachlan has pledged to complete a very full agenda in the months before he goes. What are the most achievable things on the list, and which might cause the most headaches? Will the players’ union dig in their heels on a CBA? And could club funding agreements cause some friction?

We discuss McLachlan’s legacy at the league, particularly launching AFLW; his strengths and how they helped him lead the competition through COVID-19; and how his handling of Adam Goodes’ situation highlighted his weaknesses.

Plus, some stories from his early days with the AFL and when he first became CEO, the candidates who might succeed him in the role and what the future might hold for McLachlan himself.

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