Adelaide Crows Head of Football Operations David Noble speaks to the media. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Lions poach Crows football manager

The Brisbane Lions have begun their rebuild of the football department, appointing Adelaide head of football, David Noble as the club’s general manager of football.

Noble has spent the past decade at the Crows, as an assistant coach, a list manager and most recently head of football.

“David has an outstanding track record and is widely respected across the industry,” Brisbane CEO Greg Swann said.

“The club is going in a new direction and we need the best people to lead that change – David really fits the bill across every criteria.

“He is an elite operator and the professionalism, knowledge and experience he will bring to our football department will be key to our club’s revival.”

Noble will join Swann, list manager Peter Schwabb, three-time Lions premiership player Simon Black and consultant and psychologist Matti Clements on the selection panel for Brisbane’s next coach.