Former Fremantle coach Mark Harvey new deputy to Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss
Brisbane has signed sacked Fremantle coach Mark Harvey as a senior assistant to Michael Voss.
The Lions confirmed today that Harvey would join the club’s coaching panel for 2012.
Harvey will relocate to Brisbane later this month.
“I’m rapt to be involved with the Lions and I’m looking forward to working closely with Michael Voss and playing group to ensure the team and the club continues to move in the right direction,” Harvey said today.
“I was impressed by the strong desire they showed in returning to the top and the processes and plans they have in place to ensure they reach it,” Harvey said.
“They have a very talented and developing young list and it’s clear they want sustained success.”
Harvey took the Dockers to a semi-final last year, but was controversially sacked by Fremantle at the end of this injury-marred season and was replaced by former Saints coach Ross Lyon.
Brisbane wants Harvey to fill a similar role at the Gabba to the one former Crows coach Neil Craig turned down.
Voss made a promising start to his coaching career, but has endured two terrible seasons, which led the club to commission an independent review into his coaching methods and the football department.
Though he won a two-year extension, it was decided Voss was in desperate need of an assistant with senior coaching experience.
The Lions’ board will not tolerate another year like the past two and have included strict performance benchmarks Voss must meet if he wants to remain in the job beyond next season.
Football manager Dean Warren said Harvey, a three-time premiership player with Essendon, would be an enormous asset to the Lions’ coaching ranks.
“No doubt he would add a significant amount of experience and knowledge to our coaching team, and being a senior coach would be a terrific help to Vossie,” he said.
“He is very strong on strategy and analysis and will bring great match-day strengths. Our discussions have been pretty positive.”
Harvey had also been approached by Gold Coast, which was scouting for a potential replacement for assistant coach Ken Hinkley should he win the senior job at St Kilda. The Suns have pulled out of the race for his services and have filled the coaching roster.