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Banned Bailey to keep job at Crows

By AAP .
19 February 2013 03:46PM EST

Dean Bailey won't lose his job at the Adelaide Crows in the wake of his AFL ban.

But the club will start the premiership season with their chief executive, football manager and now strategy coach Bailey all suspended.

Bailey has been suspended for the initial 16 rounds of the premiership season for conduct prejudicial to the interests of the AFL when he was Melbourne coach.

Bailey was sacked by Melbourne in 2011 and joined Adelaide last year as a strategy and innovation coach.

Crows chairman Rob Chapman said Adelaide were "extremely disappointed" at the suspension given to Bailey.

"The Adelaide Football Club will continue to provide its full support to Dean during this time and is totally committed to retaining him as a valued employee," Chapman said.

Bailey's suspension means Adelaide will have a key trio of officials suspended when the premiership season starts.

Crows chief executive Steven Trigg and football manager Phil Harper were banned for breaking AFL rules when re-signing Kurt Tippett in 2009.

Tippett, who has since joined the Sydney Swans, is suspended for the first half of the premiership season.

Trigg was banned for six months and Harper two months, and both started their suspensions on January 1 this year.

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