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North Melbourne CEO, Ben Amarfio quits, Alastair Clarkson coach, off-field changes, latest, Sonja Hood

Ben Amarfio steps down as CEO of North Melbourne.

Foxfooty.com.au has confirmed Amarfio’s departure, less than three years into his tenure, during which the football club is debt-free for the first time in 34 years.

His departure continues a wide-ranging overhaul of the football club under Alastair Clarkson, who is not scheduled to officially start in the role until November 1.

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Club president Sonja Hood led the way for Clarkson’s service, as she and the four-time Premier League boss faced the media last month to announce their appointment.

Amarillo’s resignation comes a week after football boss Dan McPherson left the club along with assistant coaches Heath Uni and Anthony Rocca.

Replacing McPherson is former Melbourne captain and Clarkson’s assistant coach at Hawthorn, Todd Viney.

Hood earlier this year said Amarfio’s job was safe until 2023 if he wanted to continue in the role.

Amarfio will take over from former CEO Carl Dillena in late 2019, Dillena has been in the role for seven years.

He is set to leave the club on October 31 – a day before Clarkson officially takes up the role.

“The last few months in particular have taken a toll and I’m looking forward to taking a break after closing some major projects and activities,” Amaffio wrote.

“In my final few months, we will, among other things, develop our Arden Master Plan, secure a support package from the AFL National Draft, extend some major sponsor partnerships and unlock future funding for the club.

“I leave with the satisfaction that a very strong foundation has been laid and the club is in a fantastic position to grow our men’s and women’s programs both off and on the field.”

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