Alan Richardson - General Manager of AFL Football Performance

An experienced tactician, Alan Richardson joined Melbourne's football department ahead of the 2020 season.

After spending the 2020 season as the club's Director of Coaching, Richardson was later appointed to the position General Manager of AFL Football Performance in preparation for 2021.

In his role, Richardson oversees the performance-based elements of the AFL program including coaching, high performance, medical, performance psychology and skill development. 

Richardson is a well respected figure in the footy industry and joined the Demons after six years and 126 games at the helm at St Kilda, where he finished as the club's second longest serving coach.

Prior to working at the Saints, Richardson held assistant roles with the Western Bulldogs, Collingwood, Essendon, Carlton and Port Adelaide and coached Coburg at VFL level in 2003. He also acted as Port Adelaide's senior coach for one match in 2013 in the absence of Ken Hinkley.

As a player, Richardson made his name as a reliable defender across 114 games at Collingwood between 1987 and 1996. At the Magpies, he narrowly missed playing in the 1990 Premiership after being selected for the Grand Final, but failing a fitness test.