Rosedale Football-Netball Club senior premiership player Andrew McQualter has departed the Richmond Football Club after failing to land the top coaching role.

McQualter formally put his hand up for the top job toward the end of the 2023 home-and-away season but was ultimately unsuccessful.

Melbourne assistant coach Adam Yze was the successful applicant and will become the 42nd person to coach the Tigers in their history.

Last week, Richmond confirmed the departure of McQualter, after he steered the ship home from Round 11 in the 2023 home-and-away season, after triple-premiership coach Damien Hardwick stood down.

Hardwick left as Richmond’s longest-serving coach, leading the Tigers in 307 games between 2010 and 2023.

Yze was an assistant coach for the Demons under premiership coach Simon Goodwin, which is where McQualter is speculated to land in a swap deal of sorts.

McQualter, from Traralgon, joined the Tigers in 2014 playing and coaching in the VFL, before becoming a midfield coach, then an assistant coach.

“Stepping up to be interim coach was a selfless decision by Andrew, and he did a brilliant job leading the team for 13 weeks,” Richmond’s General Manager of Football Performance, Tim Livingstone said in a club statement.

Throughout the 13 games coached, McQualter impressed with a seven-win, six-loss record, momentarily boosting the Tigers up the ladder.

Before McQualter took the interim coaching role, Richmond had a record of just three wins, six losses and a draw to start the opening 10 games of the season.

“Andrew moves on to further enhance his coaching credentials, which we respect,” Livingstone added.

“He is an excellent coach with a long future in the game, and we wish him and his family all the best.”