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Force chief Vern Reid steps down
Vern Reid. Pic: Sharon Smith/WA News

UPDATE 1.30pm: Western Force chief executive Vern Reid has stepped down.

Reid, whose contract ended last month, has decided not to to reapply for the position. He will remain until a new CEO is appointed.

Reid took over three years ago after Greg Harris resigned from the position for personal reasons. He had previously served on the board of RugbyWA that won the 2004 bid for a Super franchise in Perth.

His decision continues the broom sweeping through the Force, with a new team of coaches and an overhaul of the football department.

The club has struggled both on and off field with the controversial departures of coaches John Mitchell and Richard Graham and the inability to retain players like James O'Connor and David Pocock.

“We have completed the recruitment of our new head coach Michael Foley and a new-world class coaching panel as well as nearing finalisation of our playing roster for 2013. The timing is right for a new off-field leader to take us into this exciting new era ” Reid said.

“It has been a privilege for me to lead the organisation over these past four seasons, however, with the planned relaunch of the club into 2013 with a new-look professional rugby administration in place and a revamped playing squad, it is an appropriate time for me to hand over to another to take us through the next stage of our development as a rugby stronghold.”

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