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Nick off now

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April 20, 2018

On Saturday night, senior coach Nick Jewell resigned after just two Goulburn Valley League games in charge, while reserves coach Patrick Larkin also stood down from his role at training on Thursday night.

Change has swept across Seymour in recent days.

On Saturday night, senior coach Nick Jewell resigned after just two Goulburn Valley League games in charge, while reserves coach Patrick Larkin also stood down from his role at training on Thursday night.

After Jewell had a conversation with Lions president Craig Velt on Saturday night, the pair came to the decision the coach should move on immediately.

Jewell was planning to relocate from the Mornington Peninsula closer to Seymour, but business opportunities meant he was against the move.

As a result, Jewell said he told the club he would only be a short-term option and see out one season, with the Lions deciding to go on another path sooner.

‘‘It just got too much and in the end part of the pre-season we decided we weren’t going to relocate. I wanted to honour the commitment, but it was just too much as a new business opportunity presented itself, which I’ve bought into and coaching can’t come above family or work, as much as you love it,’’ Jewell said.

‘‘I spoke to them (Seymour) once it became evident because I wanted to let them know as soon as possible that it would be a 12-month arrangement (in the coaching role) as due diligence to find someone and after discussions, we decided it wasn’t going to work and away we go.

‘‘They’re terrific people there, I had fun and if I had relocated it would have been great to be there for a long time, but it’s a fair hike from the Mornington Peninsula to Seymour.’’

Experienced Lions Jason Cole and Ben Clifton are expected to be announced as joint playing coaches for the rest of the season.

With plenty occurring off the field, Velt said there was no ill feeling towards Jewell, despite his appointment only lasting to round two of the season.

‘‘It just got too hard and he made the family decision and that’s fair enough, ... that’s his priority, it’s all good as far as we’re concerned,’’ he said.

‘‘There are still plenty of people around the operation and we’ve got some senior people around here that we’re talking to about whether we have interim coaches (or otherwise).’’

Jewell took over from Brent Colbert in October, when the popular coach stood down after four years at the helm of the senior team.

At training on Thursday night after the seniors and reserves sides split into their squads, seconds coach Larkin gave his players the night off training.

But with other club members instead choosing to take the squad for drills, Larkin chose not to go forward in the role and Chris Jones stood in as interim coach on Saturday.

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