Carlton has confirmed speculation that Stephen Silvagni has left his role as General Manager of List Management and Strategy.
Silvagni’s contract expires at the end of this year and the club has chosen not to extend the Hall of Fame member’s contract due to a conflict of interest.
In a statement published on the club’s website, Carlton admitted the difficulties of having two of Silvagni’s sons on the playing list, Jack and Ben, made the list manager’s position untenable.
“The difficult decision to not enter into a new contract with Silvagni as GM List Management and Strategy centred around the increasing complexity of having two sons on the playing list,” the club revealed.
“The situation is not only a conflict for the Club’s GM List Management and Strategy, but equally for those who work in and around him in the football department.”
Both Jack and Ben joined the club as father-son recruits, with Jack making 60 appearances since being drafted in 2015 and Ben yet to debut.
Jack has recently taken to social media to support his father, tweeting “Sorry Dad, my fault” on Thursday morning before quickly deleting the comment, as well as liking tweets from journalists and fans concerning the acrimonious departure.
It has been speculated that Carlton’s CEO Cain Liddle and Silvagni had a tense relationship leading to the full-back of the century’s departure, but Liddle has since thanked Silvagni for his efforts.
“Stephen has left no stone unturned in striving to help bring this football club back to where we need to be and that is something every Carlton person is grateful for,” he said.
The Blues’ President Mark LoGuidice has also praised Silvagni for his contribution to Carlton’s rebuild and hopes he will stay involved with the club.
“Over the last five years Stephen has been at the forefront of what has been the first, complete, on-field rebuild in the Club’s 155-year history,” he added.
“The work he has done has been outstanding and has contributed to helping the Carlton Football Club be in a position of strength where we can pursue on field success.
“While he may no longer hold an administrative role at the Club, given Stephen’s legacy as both a player and an administrator, we look forward to seeing him remain involved with the Club as a father and a passionate Carlton person.”
Silvagni played 312 games for the Blues and spent time at four clubs as an assistant manager, before moving into list management with GWS and then returning to Carlton in 2015.