Adelaide have vowed to stand by chief executive Steven Trigg and football manager Phil Harper and give them their jobs back after they serve their suspensions over the Kurt Tippett contract saga.
The Crows board met on Saturday and decided not to sack the pair, who were suspended for six months and two months respectively over draft tampering and salary-cap breaches involving former Crows forward Tippett’s contract.
“The board is united on this,” Crows chairman Rob Chapman said in a statement.
“All decisions of the board are based on putting the club first and ensuring the best overall outcomes for the club.
“We are entering a crucial period for the Adelaide Football Club, with critical decisions to be made, especially surrounding our move to Adelaide Oval, and we believe Steven is the best person to lead us through this period.”
Chapman will take over as executive chairman from January 1 in Trigg’s absence.
Trigg will return to the Crows once his suspension ends on July 1.
List manager David Noble will act as football manager until March 1, when Harper is eligible to return to football duties.
Tippett, who is expected to join Sydney, was banned for the first 11 matches of 2013 after Adelaide were found to have entered into a secret agreement outside his contract.
The Crows will lose their first and second-round draft picks for 2013 and were fined $300,000 for their role in the affair.