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Burton, Camporeale lose jobs after Adelaide review

Adelaide chairman Rob Chapman thanked Camporeale and Burton for their contributions to the club.

“People talk about the club and the human side is often forgotten and I would like to acknowledge the efforts of both Scott and Brett, who are quality people with a great deal to offer the AFL if they choose to continue in the industry,” Chapman said.

Scott Camporeale has been let go by the Crows, after their football department review.

Scott Camporeale has been let go by the Crows, after their football department review.Credit:David Mariuz

“We have made some hard decisions and are transitioning into a new era, and rejuvenating what is already a talented playing list so we can hopefully achieve the ultimate success.”

The findings from the six-week review, headed up by Hawthorn legend Jason Dunstall, former Fremantle great Matthew Pavlich and high performance experts Jonah Oliver and Dr Tim Gabbett, has led the Adelaide board to create the new position of head of leadership and culture to deliver a new player leadership program across all areas of the football department, including AFL and AFLW.


The board will also implement some small changes within the high performance department to enhance role clarity and communication between staff, coaches and players.

The review was undertaken to ascertain the reasons behind Adelaide’s dramatic fall from grace, missing the finals two years in a row after making the grand final in 2017. Their infamous pre-season camp following their loss to Richmond in that premiership decider has been seen as a central reason to the club’s recent woes.

According to a club statement, “both the internal and external review processes found there was no single issue solely responsible for the inconsistent on-field performance in the last two seasons, but rather a series of events or issues that, despite a number of attempts, could not be sufficiently addressed.

“Some of these events or issues were well-documented publicly and others could be considered minor but they combined to compromise the quality and delivery of the broader football program.”

Chapman described the last two seasons for Adelaide as challenging from an on-field perspective.

“There have been too many distractions off-field as well, and we needed to clearly identify deficiencies which would shape decision making required to make positive change,” Chapman said.

“We had a clear view on what we believed to be the key issues but for a variety of reasons felt that the involvement of external consultants would help ensure the review left no stone unturned, as well as providing the benefit of a different lens or perspective.

“We now have a great opportunity to make new appointments to ensure that we are able to generate the balance and diversity of thought that our players need, together with an injection of resources into areas like leadership development which is increasingly important with an emerging group of younger leaders and a younger list profile.”

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