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Hawks ready to settle on new CEO

Melbourne lawyer Peter Nankivell is favoured to become the new boss at Hawthorn, replacing the recently sacked Tracey Gaudry.

Nankivell, a commercial lawyer and consultant, has served on the Hawks board since 2014 and is currently the interim CEO in Gaudry's absence. It is believed the job is his if he wants it.

There was speculation on Melbourne radio during the week that Ian Robson, the Melbourne Victory chief executive and former Hawthorn boss, might be asked to return to lead his former AFL club.

But that talk was way off beam, as anyone with a knowledge of recent Hawthorn history would understand.

In May 2010, then club president Jeff Kennett launched a stinging attack on Robson, accusing the administrator of misleading him and using his final months at the Hawks "as a holding ground until something better came up". Which it eventually did at Essendon.

Kennett's return to the presidency last month has surely put paid to any notion of a Robson return. By the same token, the headstrong former Victorian Premier will have Nankivell wondering whether he should abandon the tranquillity of the legal world for a stint in the AFL bearpit.