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League’s green light for Hird to coach Giants

Stream every match of every round of the 2022 Toyota AFL Premiership Season Live & Ad-Break Free In-Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >The Giants let go of coach Leon Cameron on Thursday with the hunt to start immediately for candidates with Clarkson and Hird both likely to be on a short list.The Herald Sun reported on Friday the Giants and many industry figures believe McLachlan will get coaching legend Clarkson to Gold Coast as his parting gift to the battling expansion club.McLachlan told 3AW on Friday despite being banned for his role in Essendon’s peptides saga the league had no issue with Hird coaching the club.Hird is believed to be open to expanding his involvement with the Giants to help good mate and caretaker Mark McVeigh, who brought him in to run the club’s leadership program.But McLachlan said if Hird wanted to coach the club the AFL had no problems with his involvement.“No, absolutely not and he’s working with the club. I don’t know if James wants to coach again. He has wanted to come back to football but there is absolutely no reason (why he would be prevented from coaching”,” he said.Asked if the AFL would contribute to funding Clarkson as part of a third party or ambassadorial fund, McLachlan made clear no money would be forthcoming.“The same cost with the soft cap applies to all clubs, it’s not in consideration that there would be additional monies in the cap for that,” he said.“What the club needs and league needs, they want the right coach to take them forward. Whether it is a coach like Clarkson, the club will work through what they need. They will run a process and now they have got time.”The Giants will appoint a coaching sub committee as early as next week that will include Matthews, football boss Jason McCartney, football director Jimmy Bartel and likely an outside football person.

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