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Chris Fagan speaks on Alastair Clarkson whispers, Brisbane Lions coach, handover, latest

BRISBANE Lions boss Chris Fagan has played down rumors that he will hand over the reins to free agent great Alastair Clarkson at the end of the season.

There was some talk last month of a handover from Fagan to Clarkson for 2023 as the latter weighs up a return to the coaching box, having recently met with GWS and North Melbourne about their openings.

The pair previously worked together when Fagan was Hawthorn’s boss, winning four premierships from 2008-2015 when Clarkson was manager.

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asked on Fox Footy’s AFL 360 If he makes a personal plan to hand over his job to his former colleague;Fagan laughs.“It’s not my job to submit my work in the first place… No, that’s the correct answer to the question.”

Fagan said he is unconditionally committed to coaching Brisbane next year.

“I’ve got a contract for next year and hopefully the team will continue to do well and the club will want to keep me longer,” he said.

“I love coaching lions and that’s what I’m going to do next year unless someone knows something I don’t.”

It comes after some pundits lined up Brisbane’s Premier League chances after Sunday’s midweek defeat at Richmond saw the Lions drop to fifth in the table.

But Fagan said he would not listen to outside noise as the club remained focused on its final three home-and-away games against Carlton, St Kilda and Melbourne.

“I understand that people want to have an opinion on the game and they have to have a strong opinion because that’s why people want to watch and listen to the media,” said the Lions boss.

Clarkson and Fagan in Hawthorne (Photo: Colin Peach)Source: News Corp Australia

But we can’t get caught up in that. This time last year we had to win our last three games to finish in the top four, although it wasn’t guaranteed.

“It’s a very tough and tight competition. If we get back to our best form, which we showed in the first half (against Richmond), there’s no reason why we can’t be really competitive in September.

“We are not a perfect team, we have strengths and weaknesses like other teams. But when we play to the best of our ability, we have a hard time winning.”

A key criticism of Brisbane’s fading flag is its defence.

From the 10th round, the Lions are ranked 16th in the most points in the competition, 18th in the most points in the defensive midfield, and the 15th easiest team to score after the ball enters the 50.

Fagan said developing their defense had been a “main focus” in training over the past six weeks, but highlighted the club’s inconsistent personnel due to injuries.

“It’s a work in progress for us, especially since the Melbourne game[in Round 15]we’ve had a fair amount of player transfers,” he said.

“I think we played 14 different players out there for different reasons, not just the defense, not just the back line, but we didn’t have a lot of continuity with our kids.

“Over the next few weeks we’re going to be able to build that back up and have the same seven or eight players playing every week.”

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