Essendon coach Ben Rutton could be sacked today after holding a second meeting in 24 hours.
3AW According to Neil Mitchell, there is a strong belief Rutten will lead the team in the final round of the season, coaching alongside assistant Daniel Giasarakusa.
It comes as Essendon president Paul Brasher stands down following Sunday’s humiliating loss to Port Adelaide.
The 84-point defeat at Marvel Stadium did not look to be the end for Rutten, who was under heavy pressure to keep the job for just one season after leading them back to the finals.
Monday afternoon’s board meeting concluded, with an announcement made regarding Ruthen’s future.
The Bombers board could decide to play for Alastair Clarkson.
The Hawks coaching great is the most talked about coach in the competition after leaving the Hawks in 2021 – and he still doesn’t have a home.
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The Bombers have a 7-14 winning record in 2022 before their final regular-season game against Richmond on Saturday night.
Brasher indicated at the start of the season that he would be leaving at the end of the year, but Sunday’s sorry defeat seemed to hasten that process.
“I think you’ll see a real improvement in the second half of the year,” he said at the time.
“We don’t want honorable bankruptcy. We’re happy with the effort but that’s the starting point and we’re looking to improve and we’re not going to make light of losing by a narrow margin to good teams.
A previous internal review is said to have fallen short of what some believe is needed, while AFL.com.au reports that an external review is expected by some.
Rutton slammed his side’s “disgraceful effort” after fans booed the players from Marvel Stadium on Sunday.
“We were very sad,” he said.
“It was the kind of game that our members and fans who came to the game or watched on television … it’s not the kind of thing they should see.
“It was a shameful effort by our people. It is not something that we want to stand for, but it is something that our members and supporters should not see in any forum,” he said.
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Brasher was unwavering in his support behind Rutton, but there was pressure for Clarkson with the president.
Clarkson has received formal offers from Greater Western Sydney and North Melbourne, with the Kangaroos offering the esteemed coach a five-year deal.
The former Hawks coach was said to want to make a decision earlier this week, but a late push from the Bombers means Clarkson needs more time to make a decision.
On Sunday, Kangaroos great David King was bombarded by Clarkson’s failure to play hard.
“For six months, if not 12 months, Alastair Clarkson is out of a job at a football club,” King said on First Crack.
“Why didn’t Essendon take that step?
“At the moment they lack discipline, they lack motivation and they lack quality football and I think the Essendon faithful are sick of it.
“Why play against a coach who is still developing when he’s the perfect product?
“Well, you have to jump through a lot of hoops to get over the line, but if (Clarkson) signed for North Melbourne this week and Essendon could have the list they’ve got now, I think they’ll be hurt for years by a mistake.”
King said they were unable to turn up because of dropping bombs and that some players were not playing at “AFL level”.
“This is Essendon in a nutshell,” King lamented.
“How loose is that? Look at them standing around, rolling around. This is the forward 50. There’s 10 players in this standing huddle. That (style of play) isn’t going anywhere.”
“I don’t understand what they look at when they review games these days if this is a weekend result.
“We only judge what they did in front of us – that’s not the AFL standard.”