Fagan set to take reins at Brisbane Lions
Chris Fagan is set to be announced as the Brisbane Lions' new senior coach tomorrow.
The 55-year-old has been the frontrunner to replace Justin Leppitsch since the three-time premiership player's sacking in August.
Fagan was interviewed by Lions chief executive Greg Swann and list manager Peter Schwab two weeks ago in Melbourne before presenting to the committee last week.
For all intents and purposes it appears he is another product off the Alastair Clarkson coaching assembly line at Hawthorn, but Fagan hasn't so much read the book on what it takes to be a successful coach as he has helped write it.
He has been almost as big an influence on setting the standards at Waverley Park as Clarkson, involved in four flags (2008, 2013-15), initially as head of coaching and development and then general manager of football operations.
One of his briefs was to train the coaches, among them 2016 premiership winner Luke Beveridge, Leon Cameron, Brendon Bolton, Adam Simpson, Damien Hardwick and even Clarkson himself.
Fagan never actually played a game in the VFL or AFL, but the Tasmanian football hall of famer has carved out one heck of an off-field resume at the elite level.
Fagan has often been Clarkson's calming influence - and was actually the man to get between him and that enthusiastic Port Adelaide supporter last year.
Retired Lions defender Daniel Merrett summed it up recently when he said: "At first it sounded a little left field but I've only heard good things about him".
Before joining the Hawks he spent a decade at Melbourne where he worked alongside Neale Daniher as reserves coach, assistant coach and then football boss.
Daniher said in 2014: "Finding Chris Fagan was the best recruiting decision I made in all my time at Melbourne. His work ethic, his people-management skills and his enthusiasm are unparalleled.
"And he was the cool head I needed, because I could get a bit feisty at times."