Richmond Senior Club Advisor Neil Balme is attracting interest from “other clubs” in the AFL, according to Caroline Wilson.
Wilson said on Channel 9’s Footy Classified last night that Balme’s role at the Tigers has been cut back.
"Because of COVID, Neil Balme now finds himself marginalised."
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Balme’s position is now up in the air, with Tim Livingstone and Blair Hartley taking more senior roles at the Tigers.
“He’s left the football department and Tim Livingstone and Blair Hartley are now co-bosses of that football department, with Livingstone in the (Queensland) hub,” Wilson said.
“I’ve been critical of some of the off-field issues that Richmond has faced and feel that Neil Balme there might have been the steadying hand that could have helped both Tim Livingstone and Damien Hardwick.
“I just find it interesting that some clubs are bolstering their footy staff and asking for special permission. Richmond are not.”
Balme won’t be sent to the Queensland hub on September 1, as CEO Brendon Gale will be returning.
“Because of COVID, Neil Balme now finds himself marginalised and I know that there at talks at other clubs where they just wonder whether he might go there,” Wilson continued.
“The Adelaide Football Club is one where Neil Balme’s name has come up in dispatches.
“Neil Balme has a job and a contract at Richmond next year. It won’t be inside footy to the degree that it was.
“He’s been Mr Fix-It at several football clubs with big, big results and I wonder whether (for) Matthew Nicks, he might be the perfect person.”
AFL journalist Sam McClure discussed Balme’s future on SEN SA Breakfast this morning.
“I think any club would welcome Balmey with open arms given his record,” he said.
“Particularly with Matthew Nicks. He doesn’t have a lot of support around him. I know that they’ve just brought in a new head of footy who is relatively inexperienced in
“He’s just been on the outer at Richmond this year as they try to bring up the younger guys of Livingstone and Hartley through their footy ops.
SAM McCLURE: If Adelaide is looking for more support for its coach then Neil Balme would be a good fit.
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