Hawthorn chairman Jeff Kennett resigns, interview with Kane Cornes transcript, succession plan, when is he leaving


Hawthorn chairman Jeff Kennett has defended his position that the club have “never been in a better position” and allayed fears that he would resign despite the announcement of the implementation of a plan of succession.

Kennett announced in a letter to members on Thursday that a nominations committee, made up of board members and non-board members, would be finalized in December and tasked with recommending his successor by June 30 of next year. .

Still, Kennett technically remains in power until the end of 2023. That, coupled with his stance on club stability, angered the great Kane Horns of Port Adelaide when the two exchanged words on The Captain’s Run. from SEN on Friday morning.

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Kane Cornes: “When you say the club are in the best position they’ve ever been, I don’t agree with that, Jeff and I’m happy to debate it with you. You pay the best trainer in the modern era $ 900,000 to vacation in the United States and there has been some guesswork on your roster and other areas with Sam Mitchell taking the chair faster than you would have. conceived. Is that correct, clearly, or is the club in the best position it has ever been in?

Jeff Kennett: “Your interpretation is incorrect. Your facts are correct. We had hoped Clarko would coach next year he decided not to and because he had been with us for 17 years and won us four prime ministerial positions we agreed to pay him for one year of salary.

“The fact that the club is in such a strong position, we can afford to do it and this year we are still going to run a small surplus on our football operations, which after two years of COVID you owe it to. admitting is a good enough place to be. You’re right about the facts but your interpretation is wrong as the club is in great shape so we can do that.

“As you know, in any job and especially in the emotional world of football, when you make the decision that we have about our future as a coach, it is an emotional issue and I understand that football is very, very emotional. But leadership is about making the right decisions at the right time. We obviously needed a change, Clarko needed a change and we affected that.

“This obviously led to an answer, which I fully understand, but it was and is the right decision and in Sam Mitchell we have a wonderfully prepared, trained and experienced person who will be two years older than Clarko when he started in 2004 to lead us to what I hope will be a very profitable decade, especially on the football field itself. You are right in terms of the facts, you are wrong in terms of motivation … “

KC: “If you have found the right successor before the first round, is there a chance that you will be absent before the first round? “

JK: “Dear oh my dear, you are getting angry. Certainly not. The committee will be established later after our AGM and then we will establish with them their terms of reference. I imagine we would identify anyone on the current board who wants to succeed me, and then they could look outside for people who could offer themselves… It’s a process of bringing the right decision to the right one. no one to lead the club through what will then be by constitution at least six years of leadership.

KC: “So there is no deadline for your departure? “

JK: “Of course there is a deadline, I have to go constitutionally by the end of 2023. I was elected last year for a three-year term. I have been there for a year, but I said that at the moment the club is in a very strong position, I continued one more term than expected because I was asked to do so, but because the club a good position, I am confident that we can begin the transition period. It will be some time after (June 30) and the end of my constitution … “

KC: “So you could potentially go until the end of 2023? “

JK: “Definitely, but I hope it doesn’t. I never intended to return as president when I returned four years ago – the board asked me to return due to issues the club were facing at the time. I turned three thinking that would be all it took. COVID came into play… the club went through this time in a very strong position, and I think the time has come for me to keep going and do something else. “

KC: So you left before and you came back … it won’t happen again, is it, is this the last time?

JK: I’m telling you what I’m going to do. I will give you a ring if they ever come back to me, I will give you a ring and I will ask you what you think. I think it’s unlikely but damn it anything is possible.

KC: “We may not agree… you’ve been at the top and the envy of all of the competition, but right now I don’t agree that you are at the top. “

JK: “We are not at the top of the scale, but we are above everything else. We are on top financially, we are above our sponsors, we are above our members, we are above Dingley. We have so much to do in Hawthorn. I know that you are now a journalist, you like to throw stones in the sea.

KC: “I’m just speaking with some honesty.”

JK: “He’s a great club partner.

KC: “It’s definitely a great club, but you’ve had some serious issues.”

Kennett: “It’s all part of a good planned transition.