Essendon midfielder Zach Merrett believes Ben Root was “tough and brave” to show up for work amid widespread speculation over his job on Tuesday, with the Bombers coach having the respect of the playing squad for tackling the “elephant in the room”.
The Bombers’ board, led by new chairman David Barham after the resignation of Paul Brasher earlier this week, met on Tuesday to discuss the club’s sensational interest in Alastair Clarkson and, subsequently, Rutten’s future – although no decision on the latter has been forthcoming.
It came as the Giants and Clarkson agreed a union would not happen, giving North Melbourne a tough deadline to decide whether their boss wants to be the next coach amid Essendon’s bold 11th-hour pursuit. .
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Root, who is contracted to Essendon until the end of 2023, is now likely to remain in the coaching box for the club’s clash with Richmond at the MCG on Saturday night.
Even if Root hasn’t been fired, his current position is far less secure than it was when Brasher was in charge. Era The Bombers hierarchy are reportedly wary of calling Rutten’s future as they have to consider the logistics of terminating his contract, while the arrival of Clarkson will certainly see the contracts of other Bombers staff come into their own. A set of assistants. Those fees, according to EraIt could force the club to bypass the soft cap and pay tax to the AFL.
As Clarkson’s shadow widens, a stoic Rutten attended training at the club’s headquarters on Tuesday and told reporters he had “the confidence of the players” and “work to do”.
Era He reported that Root opened his address to the Bombers’ playing group with a “self-deprecating joke” before “getting down to business”.
Speaking on Fox Football AFL 360 On Tuesday night, Merrett said the Essendon players had great respect and compassion for their coach.
“I thought he was very strong and brave enough to show up and help us get ready to play against Richmond on Saturday night,” Merrett said. AFL 360.
“I didn’t run away from reality, I was open, I picked it up. I won’t go into detail about what he said, but he addressed the elephant in the room and talked through the situation and I think players respected that.
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I think the common theme in the room is that the players are sad that we’re in this position and he’s in that position. I think it’s disappointing because we’ve had some pretty poor games all year and it’s mostly on us as players to take personal responsibility and get to this point.
With the Giants out of contention – Demons assistant Adem Yze is now seen as the front-runner for Richmond’s Adam Kingsley and interim Giants coach Mark McVeigh – Clarkson’s decision is now between two clubs: the Bombers and the Kangaroos. Reports emerged on Tuesday that Clarkson had told the Bombers that he was interested in coaching them next year, but it is not certain whether he will trigger a bidding war between Essendon and North – already bitter rivals – or simply accept the job offered to him by the Bombers.
Clarkson and the Kangaroos, who have been in talks for about a month, appear confident of signing the popular coach, especially after signing a five-year contract. But with Essendon making a last-minute bid and Clarkson’s interest in Essendon, the Kangaroos have told Clarkson’s management they want to know by Wednesday “where they sit in his thinking”. AFL 360 Co-host Mark Robinson.
Roos focused exclusively on Clarkson, who played 93 games for North between 1987 and 1995, while club president Dr Sonja Hood is leading negotiations between the two sides to replace David Noble.
SN reporter Sam Edmonds suggested on Wednesday morning that the Kangaroos would be “top of the list” if Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley and former Giants coach Leon Cameron Clarkson turned down contracts.
Clarkson was reportedly visiting a sick friend in Adelaide on Wednesday.
Four-time Essendon premiership coach and current Bombers board member Kevin Sheedy would not confirm or deny the club’s senior management had spoken to Clarkson about replacing Rutton.
But when asked about his opinion on Clarkson, a provocative Sheedy suggested that the North would be a suitable landing place.
“I think it would be great for Clarkson to go to North Melbourne, I wouldn’t be surprised, take him to Tasmania,” Sheedy told FIVEaa radio.
“You never know what’s in other people’s minds, do you?
It’s closed to Tasmania with the state government, and everyone wants North Melbourne to move because we have so many teams here… so many teams in Melbourne, so many people in Australia think we’re going to do it, so you never know. Alastair said he was looking at a bit of a bigger picture than just coaching a team in Melbourne.
“It might even involve Tasmania, you never know.”