Hawthorn have sacked their chief executive Tracey Gaudry after only five months in the job.
It is understood that Gaudry was told of the decision on Sunday night after negative feedback from the AFL, Hawks officials and football staff.
Gaudry's failure to engage with key staff and lack of football experience put her at odds with the football department and wider staff from the outset at a time when the club is looking to relocate to Dingley, rebuild its list, and had already lost senior people from its organisation.
Gaudry was appointed by the club in May, and was the first permanent female CEO of an AFL club.
The AFL was blindsided by her appointment, which came after a lengthy executive search and saw the club miss the opportunity to secure highly favoured former football boss Mark Evans, who was snapped up by the Gold Coast.
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