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Essendon Bombers v Richmond Tigers, Ben Rutten, Dyson Heppell, coach, Alastair Clarkson, future, unknown, board, job, sacked

Ben Root was clearly emotional in Essendon’s rooms after the heavy loss against Richmond, with his future now on a knife’s edge.

In the year Rutten is believed to be handed the order of the line-up as Bombers coach when their 2022 season ends in style on Saturday night.

Ruton’s vision showed him leaving Marvel Stadium, hugging his family and wiping away tears as he joined his club mates.

Speaking after the game, Rutton said his handling of the club left a lot to be desired.

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“It was disappointing. “I think I probably deserve better,” he said.

“I think it’s something we need to come together as a club as a whole football club.

“I love coaching this football club. I love coaching the players. I have a lot of faith in the playing group, I have faith in my staff and the people who help me.

“What I’ve seen this week has made me more confident in what I’m doing.”

Root has been in sensational form all week as Essendon Football Club cheers and made a last-minute ditching to lure four-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson to the Bombers.

But the controversy came too late for Clarkson, who was announced as North Melbourne coach on Friday.

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The whole situation has left Rutten’s future up in the air, with boss Dyson Heppell – whose tenure at the club is in doubt as he is unable to sign a new contract beyond this season – admitting that the week was “flowing”.

“Day in and day out, things you don’t expect to deal with and it’s taken a toll on (Rutten) and the squad,” he told 7 Things after the game.

“I feel really bad for him, I’m going to put him back against the wall, he’s got a team of players behind him, we’ll see where he goes from there.

“We know his love, care and support for this gaming team, his vision for the future so I think it’s important to stand up for him.”

Former Essendon great Jobe Watson has criticized the club for its continued “problem” and admitted it was “disturbing” to watch the club’s decisions.

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“They don’t always know what they’re doing and they’re constantly getting it wrong,” he said.

“They are a dysfunctional place.

“I can’t see (Rutten) coaching next year.

“You’re looking for this magical answer that doesn’t exist.

“I think you’re going to take a huge amount and (Rutten) has built and built and built. It’s no wonder it’s so amazing for him (after the game).

You can see the relationship with the people at the football club.

Commentator Luke Darcy said that Ruton’s vision of her clearly upset in the changing rooms “pulls at the heartstrings”.

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“It’s been amazing this week. And then you take your family and that’s where your emotions come from, isn’t it,” he said.

Root said he would “absolutely” want to stay on as Essendon coach in 2023. But that call could get out of hand as early as Sunday.

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