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Schwab removed as AFL umpires' boss

Generic photo of an AFL football. Geelong will take on Fremantle in the AFL qualifying final between the Geelong Cats and Fremantle at Simonds stadium in Geelong, Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013. (AAP Image/Joe Castro)
14th November, 2017

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 announced on Tuesday 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 in December 2016 after the latter was appointed general manager of football at Greater Western Sydney.

Schwab, 57, coached Hawthorn for five years from 2000-04, having previously played 171 games for the Hawks.