Chris Maple (L) will become the Western Bulldogs' new football manager after Graham Lowe steps away from the position in April. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs football manager Graham Lowe will depart Whitten Oval in early April as he plans to spend more time with his family.

Lowe is looking for a better balance between family and work, and has also decided to step away to pursue high-performance leadership consultancy.

Bulldogs coaching manager Chris Maple will replace Lowe after the pair spend the next month working together to help Maple transition into the role.

“It has been a privilege to have worked with such a highly committed and talented group of people and to have played a part in the Western Bulldogs journey over the past four years culminating in premiership success,” Lowe said.

“I want to especially thank coach Luke Beveridge for his commitment to our partnership which has been a professional highlight for me.

“The time is now right for me and my young family, that I pursue opportunities within the culture and leadership development space.”

Maple has been at the club since 2008 when he joined as a development coach, and also lead Footscray to the VFL premiership in their first season in the competition in 2014.

“Consideration was given to both internal and external candidates to fill this important role within our football department, and we are pleased to announce that Chris has accepted the position of GM Football AFL,” director of football Chris Grant said.

“This is not only testament to Chris’ expertise and ability, but is also a reflection of our environment which aims to support the continued growth and development of our people.

“Chris will also continue to be involved in the coaching program.”