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Axe falls on five Richmond Tigers' staff

AAP logoAAP 29/08/2016

Damien Hardwick is safe but his team of support staff at Richmond has reportedly been decimated with five assistants released from the club.

Mark Williams, Ross Smith, Brendon Lade, Mark P Williams and Greg Mellor will not have their contracts renewed at the AFL club, according to Fairfax media.

Hardwick has one year left to run on his contract and his position has been guaranteed for 2017.

A review into the club's dismal season is expected soon and further changes could be made.

List manager Francis Jackson is also believed to be under pressure.

The race to secure replacements is set to intensify as Brisbane searches for new football staff in the wake of Justin Leppitsch's sacking on Monday.

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