Hayden Kennedy has give up his function as AFL umpires head coach in a shock transfer that can depart a serious void.
Kennedy, who umpired 495 AFL/VFL video games together with 5 grand finals earlier than retiring in 2011, had been head coach of the umpires since 2014.
His determination to give up has come as a shock, with Kennedy to complete up within the function after spherical 10.
The AFL is but to call his alternative.
“I wish to thank the AFL for the experiences and the alternatives that has been supplied to me all through my time in soccer,” Kennedy mentioned.
“I contemplate myself to be extraordinarily lucky to have skilled what I’ve on this extraordinary recreation.
“As a coach, I’ve not taken the job flippantly and I sincerely hope I’ve contributed in a constructive method to make our recreation the very best recreation it may be.”
AFL soccer operations supervisor Steve Hocking thanked Kennedy for his service to the sport during the last three many years.
“Hayden’s experience, ardour, tenacity and professionalism has been an amazing asset to each the AFL and the umpiring group,” Hocking mentioned.
“Over the course of his time in umpiring, Hayden has contributed to the progress of Australian Soccer by means of the implementation of a team-first method to umpiring which is now prevalent in any respect ranges of the sport.
“It is not solely necessary to acknowledge his contribution on the elite stage, it’s equally noteworthy to focus on his unrecognised assist of group and state league umpires and their coaches, all the time generously giving his time to advertise umpiring in any approach that he can.”