Fagan was Hawthorn’s general manager of football operations for all four premiership wins from 2008-2014.

Fagan was an assistant coach at Melbourne between 2000-04.

He replaces Justin Leppitsch, who was sacked in August after three seasons.

“I am looking forward to accepting the challenge here at the Brisbane Football Club,” Fagan said on Tuesday afternoon.

“I was still at Hawthorn yesterday.

“I need to earn the respect of the players and the people here at the football club.

“I have watched five or six games from behind the goal and there looks to be some things, apart from footballing ability, that we can improve.

“Obviously I have been strongly influenced at my time at Hawthorn and there are some things I want to bring to this team. But the game is changing all the time."

The Lions have not featured in the finals since 2005.