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Ben Rutten contract, sacked, Essendon, Alastair Clarkson, treatment of coach, trades, Jordan Lewis comments

Four-time Hawthorn premiership star Jordan Lewis has come under fire at Essendon, labeling the treatment of Ben Rutton “disgraceful” and highlighting the club’s recent lack of success on the field.

On Thursday, a number of senior managers were aiming to deal with Root, who is still under contract until the end of 2023, with the club actively pursuing the signature of Alastair Clarkson.

Speaking on AFL 360 Plus, Lewis didn’t mince words when asked about Essendon’s current situation.

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“I think it’s a shame how Essendon have dealt with this situation with Ben Rutten,” he said.

“If I’m a player at that football club and you’ve been sitting as a member and a supporter watching this club for 10 years and wondering why their performance on the pitch has been so[fluctuating]just look at this. week.

“It’s a very unstable club. If I were a player at that football club, you would want to leave the coach who had been there for two years.

Earlier in the week on AFL 360, Essendon midfielder Zach Merrett admitted the club was “in a bit of a mess” and uncertainty about the team’s direction was one of the reasons he delayed contract talks ahead of the restart at the end of the year.

Lewis, for his part, said the expectations on Rutten were extremely high given his relative inexperience in the role.

“No one wins a premiership in two years. It took Alastair three years but the real success came nine years later. Damien Hardwick, six years,” he said.

“I think it’s been a terrible week for that football club.

Clarkson’s selection As far as North Melbourne and Essendon go, there’s a chance Clarkson will pick the former, leaving the Bombers in a bit of a quandary.

While Root remains under contract until 2023, Lewis says the 39-year-old reserves the right to walk regardless of the outcome.

“Why do you want to (continue to coach Essendon)?” he said.

“Why do you want to be in a football club that’s been trying to improve it all week?”

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