Dan Richardson new AFL umpires head

Former Essendon and Richmond football manager Daniel Richardson has been appointed the new head of umpiring at the AFL.

Richardson, who was sacked last month by Essendon as general manager of football, has been hired by the AFL to manage the umpires.

Under a restructure at the end of the year Grant Williams, who had been head of umpiring for three seasons, moved to a senior position as national talent development and competitions manager.

The AFL was quick to move on Richardson who was a senior player manager with Craig Kelly's TLA management company (then called ESP) and then spent five years in football management roles at Richmond before being approached by Essendon.

He was sacked by Essendon as part of new president Paul Brasher's review of the club and its football operations. He had been at Essendon for three year as general manager of footy and had only weeks earlier been negotiating a new three-year contract.

The Bombers are yet to announce a replacement for Richardson with chief executive Xavier Campbell acting in the position in the interim.

Essendon had said at the time of Richardson's departure that the preference was for a candidate with senior coaching experience, but that will not be the case.

Essendon said the priority had been wanted someone with senior football administration experience and a breadth of skills and was never limited to what was a very small pool of candidates who have senior coaching experience.

Brisbane have appointed respected assistant coach Danny Daly to their vacant GM of football position after David Noble left to take the senior coaching position at North Melbourne.

Collingwood are also in the market for a new head of football after Geoff Walsh this week announced his retirement.

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