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Matthews won't choose new Lions coach

AAP logoAAP 14/09/2016 Vince Rugari

Lions legend Leigh Matthews won't help pick the man to succeed Justin Leppitsch as Brisbane's next AFL coach after the club finalised a five-person selection panel.

Chief executive Greg Swann will head the panel, which also includes Lions coaching director Peter Schwab, three-time premiership player Simon Black, psychologist Matti Clements and the club's soon-to-be-appointed general manager of football - widely expected to be current Adelaide football boss David Noble.

Leppitsch was sacked last month, the day after the Lions' final-round loss to St Kilda, despite having a year left to run on his contrast.

"There is lot of footballing experience in Peter Schwab and Simon Black, while Matti Clements gives us the independent insight we need into the psychological aspects of the job," said Swann.

Matthews remains a member of the Lions' board but there is speculation he may not continue in that role next year and will instead focus on media commitments.

Matthews - who made the decision to extend Leppitsch's contract at the start of the season - has butted heads with the AFL numerous times over a perceived lack of support to the Lions and to the sport in Queensland more generally.

Swann said the selection panel would interview a shortlist of candidates but no timeframe has been set with the AFL finals still taking place.

"The process will take as long as it takes," said Swann.

"This is a vitally important decision for the football club and we will not be rushed."

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