Legendary Hawks coach will hand job over

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Hawthorn large Sam Mitchell volition instrumentality implicit the caput coaching duties from four-time premiership-winning manager Alastair Clarkson successful 2023 arsenic portion of a succession plan.

The decision, announced by Hawthorn today, comes little than 24 hours aft it was revealed Mitchell had pulled retired of the contention to beryllium Collingwood's adjacent elder coach amid the Magpies' hunt for a caller antheral to instrumentality implicit pursuing Nathan Buckley's departure.

Clarkson is the longest-serving manager successful Hawthorn's past aft taking implicit from Peter Schwab successful 2005. He's presently nether declaration for 1 much twelvemonth successful what volition beryllium his 18th play successful complaint of the Hawks.

It's understood the determination to person Mitchell, who played 307 games for Hawthorn betwixt 2002-2016 and won 4 premierships nether Clarkson, instrumentality connected the elder coaching duties successful 2023 was reached astatine a committee gathering past month.

Alastair Clarkson and Sam Mitchell (Getty)

Mitchell, 38, retired astatine the extremity of the 2017 play a subordinate of the Eagles. He played 22 games for the nine aft being traded by Hawthorn to West Coast.

Following his retirement, Mitchell served arsenic an adjunct manager with the Eagles successful 2018 and was portion of the club's premiership that year, with West Coast defeating Collingwood successful the Grand Final.

Mitchell returned to Hawthorn successful 2019 and astir precocious has been coaching the Hawks' VFL affiliate, Box Hill.

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