Alastair Clarkson and Chris Fagan are reportedly set to return to the senior coaching ranks within the next fortnight.
Clarkson’s contract with North Melbourne begins on November 1 and Fagan remains the contracted senior coach at Brisbane Lions, but both are not engaging in official duties currently amid an AFL inquiry into allegations made regarding the pair’s time at Hawthorn.
The Age’s Michael Gleeson reports both Clarkson and Fagan are “poised” to return once the terms of reference of the AFL inquiry are finalised, which could be as early as this week.
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Sources told The Age it was “expected, or hoped, the terms of reference would be finalised this week.”
The AFL announced in early October it had appointed a four-person panel to investigate allegations of racism, with a report expected in December.
Senior lawyer Bernard Quinn KC will lead the investigation, joined by barristers Jacqualyn Turfrey, Tim Goodwin and Julie Buxton.
The AFL, the convened panel, and the lawyers for each party have been involved in drafting the terms of reference, The Age reports.
Clarkson is currently overseas on an educational trip and agreed with North Melbourne he would step back from commencing at the club on November 1 if needed.
Fagan took a leave of absence from the Lions, but was with some club officials for the AFL’s trade deadline day in Melbourne in an informal role.