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Ben Rutten keeping job at Essendon, sacked, coach, Alastair Clarkson, Kevin Sheedy theory, North Melbourne to Tasmania

Essendon coach Ben Rutton says he is not looking for confirmation from the club’s top brass in a board coup that saw Alastair Clarkson wanted by the club.

The Bombers boss, who is contracted until the end of the 2023 season, told reporters on Tuesday evening that he expected to stay in the role for next year.

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Essendon board member and club legend Kevin Sheedy said this week he was “hopeful” Root would coach the team as he was “under contract”.

Sheedy opted for the coup, which saw media executive Dave Barham succeed Paul Brasher as president on Monday, with Barham said to have less support from Rutten than Brasher.

“I hope so, because he’s under contract,” Sheedy told 5AA radio when asked if he expected Root to lead the Bombers against Richmond in the final season.

“It’s not true (Rutten was fired earlier). All I can say is that the president who is new at Essendon is entirely up to the club members.

He has a contract as far as we know and as far as I know.

Sheedy did not confirm or deny that the club’s senior management had spoken to Alastair Clarkson about replacing Root.

Clarkson has reportedly told Essendon he is interested in coaching them if the job becomes available.

“I don’t know, I haven’t (talked to him), I can assure you that,” Sheedy said.

“They could, I’ll be honest, I have no idea. But if they have, it won’t be our CEO and neither will our staff because they’re locked in trying to get everything ready for this game so we don’t embarrass ourselves like we did last week.

“I have no idea, I didn’t think so at the moment but that’s how I see it.”

Essendon coaching legend and board member Kevin Sheedy. (AAP Photo/Michael Dodge)Source: AAP

Asked for his own views on Clarkson, Sheedy suggested North Melbourne – another suitor for the four-time premiership coach – would make sense.

Clarkson floated the possibility that he could help move the club to Tasmania.

“I think Clarkson going to North Melbourne would be great, I wouldn’t be surprised if they take them to Tasmania,” Sheedy said.

“You never know what’s in other people’s minds, do you?

It’s closed to Tasmania with the state government, and everybody wants North Melbourne to move because we’ve got a lot of teams here… a lot of teams in Melbourne, a lot of people in Australia think we’re going to do it, so I’m never going to star. .

“It might even involve Tasmania, you never know.”

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