Melbourne Demons coach Mark Neeld has been sacked and will be replaced by Neil Craig, according to reports.

Neeld, who took over the club at the start of last season, has led the side to just one victory this year and his future has been hanging in the balance for a number of weeks.

His sacking will come as a surprise to few after the board refused to give him any guarantees about his future at a meeting two weeks ago.

Following the board meeting on June 4, Demons president Don McLardy released a brief statement in which there was little to suggest Neeld's career at the club would last much longer.

"Our on-field performances have not met expectations this year and everyone in the football department continues to face ongoing assessment in their roles, as do those employed in other areas of the club," McLardy said at the time.

"The club will make no further comment at this time, in relation to the senior coach position."

Neeld's sacking follows that of CEO Cameron Schwab and is the latest in a series of controversies for the club which is also under investigation for alleged use of peptides.

The club is due to hold a press conference at 10:30am AEST.

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