Western Bulldogs chief executive David Stevenson has resigned, sparking speculation there was tension at the AFL club with president Peter Gordon.
The Bulldogs confirmed on Monday that Stevenson had left after less than a year in the job.
Gordon was asked about the speculation about his relationship with Stevenson.
“That’s always the case, you get those sorts of things,” Gordon told Channel Seven.
“In any endeavour, where you have board members and senior people in an organisation who are battling hard to achieve success – in our case for the first time in 60 years – there will be robust conversations.
“But I’m proud of the work that Dave and I did together.”
Club finance director Gary Kent will take over the role.
In the club statement where Stevenson’s resignation was confirmed, Gordon said the departed CEO had been important for the Bulldogs.
“David comes from a credentialled multi-national corporate background and we have learned a lot from him in the past 12 months which will be of enduring value,” Gordon said in the statement.
“He has achieved a lot and we thank him for his work.
“We are ambitious as a club and have over the past four years made significant progress.
“We are determined to maximise the opportunities which this period in our history provides us.”
Stevenson said in the same statement that he was proud of his achievements at the Bulldogs.
His sudden resignation came after a bad weekend for the club.
During their upset loss to St Kilda they lost Mitch Wallis (broken leg) and Jack Redpath (knee) with season-ending injuries.