AFL boss Andrew Demetriou concedes there are issues around St Kilda's Seaford headquarters, but says it is entirely the club's decision where they call home.
The Saints are in the midst of a slump on and off the field, with their playing list clearly in transition.
They sacked coach Scott Watters late last year, replacing him with Alan Richardson, and are yet to appoint a new chief executive.
Demetriou said the AFL is giving the Saints financial aid and helping them with their search for a new CEO.
Another ongoing issue is their move to Seaford in Melbourne's south.
While the facility is modern, it is already too small for an AFL club.
Saints captain Nick Riewoldt also admitted publicly earlier this month what many have said privately for years - that being based at Seaford can be geographically challenging.
The club moved from Moorabbin in 2010 after a bitter falling out with the local council and the Saints still train there occasionally.
"They've outgrown it - that's one thing, I accept that," Demetriou told AAP.
"There is an issue about capacity and there is an issue about location.
"But that's what boards are for - it's not the AFL telling St Kilda.
"Sometimes you get confused with facility and geography.
"If they had that facility at Moorabbin, all of a sudden it would be fantastic."
Demetriou added there were sounds reasons why the Saints moved to Seaford.
"The board took a strategic decision to move to Seaford years ago," he said.
"They set up a long-term partnership with the local government and they have a great rental deal there.
"The decision for where they are based is entirely a decision for St Kilda."
The Saints' will combine their March 13 season launch with the unveiling of a new strategic plan for the club.
In the short term, Demetriou said the AFL is helping where it can.
"Of course we're concerned, that's why we're trying to help them," he said.
"We're working with the club ... hopefully they're not that far away from announcing a chief executive.
"We've injected some funding into St Kilda, we're working with them on their strategic plan - (the) owning the bayside strategy."