By SportsNewsFirst

Sacked Fremantle coach Mark Harvey looks set to take a year away from football on the back of his acrimonious dismissal early this month.

Harvey, 41, has retained a steadfast silence since he was dumped and swiftly replaced by St Kilda coach Ross Lyon just five days after the Saints lost an elimination final to Sydney in Melbourne.

The dumped Dockers boss will be paid in full his contractual entitlements from Fremantle for 2012 following his ugly dismissal.

He is also understood to be considering any legal avenues he has and whether to take any action against the Dockers for his shock sacking and potential damage to any future senior coaching employment opportunities.

But, Harvey has told close friends and confidants in Melbourne during AFL grand final week that he will stay away from football for at least next year.

He favours a year out of football to potentially refresh any enthusiasm for the game and the often unsavoury unforgiving hurly burly of the AFL industry.

Speculation has been rife that the dumped coach could be offered a lifeline back at Essendon under the high-profile coaching troops led by Harvey’s long standing good mates and former premiership teammates James Hird and Mark Thompson.

A switch into an assistants role under his greatest mentor and former premiership coach Kevin Sheedy at new AFL franchise Greater Western Sydney, has also been widely mooted for Harvey.

Harvey, who is a three-time Essendon premiership star, had also ironically been touted as a possible replacement for Lyon at St Kilda.

Saints management has formulated a hit-list of new coach candidates headed by Rodney Eade, who was sacked by the Western Bulldogs in late August as well as Collingwood assistant Scott Watters.

Gold Coast assistant-coach and former Geelong playing star Ken Hinkley and highly decorated Saints legend Robert Harvey are also expected to be interviewed for St Kilda’s top coaching job.

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