GWS Giants coach Robert Chancellor fired from AFL development job after cocaine possession charge

A senior coach for the GWS Giants has been fired from his AFL club after undercover cops busted him buying cocaine during a nighttime ‘jog’.

Robert Chancellor, 31, the head of development for the western Sydney team, was arrested outside his Marrickville home just before 8pm on December 10 after being found with 0.87g of cocaine.

Chancellor moved to Sydney in September to start his coveted GWS Giants role but was fired four months later, just days after Daily Mail Australia exclusively revealed he had been charged. 

His coaching profile on the GWS Giants website has also vanished. 

Chancellor was due to be sentenced at Newtown Local Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to one count of possess a prohibited drug last month.

However, the embattled football coach instead made a bid to have the matter postponed. 

GWS Giants Head of Development Robert Chancellor (pictured right)  pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine last month

Appearing on his behalf, Chancellor’s lawyer asked Magistrate Lisa Stapleton for the case to be adjourned to allow him to complete the Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) Program. 

According to a NSW government website, the 12-week voluntary program ‘targets people who are eligible and suitable for release on bail and who are motivated to engage in treatment and rehabilitation’.

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Magistrates then consider the participant’s progress in treatment as part of final sentencing.

Magistrate Stapleton agreed to the request and rescheduled the matter for May 2.  

Court documents previously obtained by Daily Mail Australia revealed officers started followed Chancellor last December after spotting him acting suspiciously as he jogged along Addison Road about 7.50pm. 

After running down a few streets, Chancellor stopped near a black Toyota and leaned in the driver’s window before putting something into his front pocket. 

The vehicle drove away and Chancellor walked back towards his home, where he was stopped by police who told him he was suspected of buying an illegal drug. 

According to court documents, Chancellor then ‘made a full admission’, pulling a small bag of white powder from his pocket and telling police: ‘It’s cocaine. I paid $300.’

Chancellor was arrested and the bag of cocaine with seized. 

Chancellor started his career as a football technology assistant at Hawthorn before going on to become St Kilda's assistant coach and coach of the Western Jets

Chancellor started his career as a football technology assistant at Hawthorn before going on to become St Kilda’s assistant coach and coach of the Western Jets 

Officers searched his phone and found WhatsApp messages between Chancellor and the dealer arranging to meet up for the exchange. 

The GWS Giants confirmed to Daily Mail Australia last month they were aware of the charges laid against Chancellor.  

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‘The GIANTS are incredibly disappointed by Robbie’s actions which are in no way aligned with the values and behaviours of our organisation,’ General Manager of Football Jason McCartney said.

‘Robbie has made a serious error and understands he has let a number of people down. 

‘As the matter is still before the courts, the club will make no further comment.’

At the time of his arrest, Chancellor had only recently moved to Sydney after joining the club in September, having previously coached Victoria’s Western Jets for two years.

Chancellor’s other notable roles include working as an assistant coach at St Kilda, alongside the Giants’ new head coach Adam Kingsley.

Chancellor pictured on the field with GWS giants players late last year

Chancellor pictured on the field with GWS giants players late last year 

Chancellor began his career as a football technology assistant at Hawthorn before joining Melbourne in 2013.

He began as the Saints opposition analyst and manager of performance analysis before transitioning into coaching.

In December, the Giants posted a photo to Twitter showing Chancellor alongside some of the team’s recent picks, captioned ‘the new boys on the block’. 

It featured him standing alongside some of the teams recent picks, including Aaron Cadman, Harry Rowston and Darcy Jones. 

The hiring came as the club underwent a management shake-up in recent months after a difficult 2022 season, winning just 6 of 22 games and finishing 16th on the ladder. 

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The changes at the club included the parting of assistant coaches Steve Johnson and Amon Buchanan, who were dropped in September as Kingsley revamped his staff.

Johnson, Geelong’s three-time premiership great, has returned to Victoria as coach at Ovens and Murray League club Yarrawonga while former Lions player Buchanan has become development coach for the Sydney Swans. 

The Giants underwent a coaching shake up after a poor 2022 season

The Giants underwent a coaching shake up after a poor 2022 season 

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