In an explosive statement, Richmond confirmed that Damien Hardwick was on a new relationship with a member of the club’s administrative staff, just weeks after announcing he had separated from his wife.
Monday, The Herald Sun received a statement from the club after rumors circulated madly in the soccer community about the longtime coach.
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“The club are aware that coach Damien Hardwick is currently in contact with a member of the club’s administrative staff,” the statement said.
“The club have no concerns about this under club policy. Beyond that, it is a private matter and we ask that privacy be respected.”
However, it has also been reported that the scandal has rocked club staff and could affect the playgroup.
Hardwick, 48, is one of the AFL’s most successful coaches, leading the Tigers to three premier positions in the past four years, including last year’s triumph over the Cats. However, Hardwick said last season took a toll on him.
“I’m going to take a longer break this year over the summer,” Hardwick told 3AW.
“It’s been a pretty full period of three to four years and we’ve done a tremendous amount of work and had a lot of success along the way, but sometimes you have to take a step back.”
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It was announced last year that Damien and his wife Danielle had parted ways, despite having spent a short stint in the Gold Coast COVID bubble, as Victoria was under pressure from the pandemic.
Danielle was often referred to as “Mrs. Hardwick” by the winning coach of the post of Prime Minister, and stood alongside her husband through an incredibly successful career in football which included flags as a player with Essendon and Port. Adelaide and three others as Richmond coach.
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