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Lions chairman booed over sacking of Michael Voss

BRISBANE Lions chairman Angus Johnson was greeted with boos and heckled at a club function as he announced the axing of coach Michael Voss.

On a surreal day of late drama in Brisbane, Voss fronted the media early on Tuesday morning to give fresh life to his side's finals hopes, only to be told later in the day his contract was not going to be renewed for next season.

Despite repeatedly insisting any decision on the head coaching role wouldn't be made until the end of the current campaign, the Lions board made the early call on Voss but gave him the opportunity to remain in charge for the remainder of the season. He declined.

It was an awkward start to a Lions charity auction as Johnson addressed the audience, saying the decision had been difficult but the board felt it was the right direction. The news was greeted with muted boos before one attendee called out for Johnson to sack the board.

"Earlier today, the board did make a decision that we wouldn't be offering Vossy a new contract after his existing contract expires. Not withstanding the significant contribution he's made, the board obviously believes it's in the best interests of the football club," Johnson said.

Read more at brisbanetimes.com.au


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