The Brisbane Lions today announced that coach Michael Voss will not have his contract renewed come seasons end.
Voss took over the coaching reins from Leigh Matthews at the end of the 2008 season, and took the Lions to finals in the 2009 season. It is reported the club offered Voss the opportunity to coach out the year, but he is believed to have declined.
Results for the Lions have over the past two years improved, but have not been enough to save the club legend, triple premiership player and 1996 Brownlow medalist. Voss primarily oversaw the rebuilding of a champion club, the likes of Daniel Rich, Tom Rockliff, Dayne Zorko and Jack Redden all making debuts or beginning to hit their straps as players.
The announcement comes during the ongoing ASADA investigation, and has certainly surprised a few fans, commentators and journalists, as the news broke on Twitter at 5.30pm on Tuesday.
A highly respected coach and player, Voss’ coaching record (including finals) produced 44 wins from 110 games. The Lions have already spoken to former Sydney coach Paul Roos about a job in 2014, but no deal has been inked.
With the Lions having made significant improvement in the second half of the 2013 season, a contract extension had been hinted at when an assessment came at the end of the year. Mark Harvey will be caretaker coach.
Read the report from The Age here as well as Voss’ comments