#sports activities Bombers legend Tim Watson says James Hird brings too much baggage as Essendon legend craves return
Bombers legend says James Hird brings too much baggage to Essendon as membership legend tries to get one other go at teaching the facet after medication scandal
- Hird was amongst a number of candidates to interview for the job on Wednesday
- Selection panel member Jordan Lewis stated Bombers legend was spectacular
- Hird’s final stint as Essendon boss resulted in 2015, was suspended for 2014
James Hird has been interviewed for the vacant Essendon AFL head coach job after formally throwing his hat within the ring – and he impressed the choice panel in an indication he might return to the helm of the Bombers inside weeks.
Seven years after he stop his first stint on the Bombers, within the wake of the membership’s disastrous dietary supplements saga, Hird has put his hand up for a second crack at main the membership the place he was a champion participant.
He was reportedly interviewed by Essendon’s teaching choice panel, which is headed by soccer boss Josh Mahoney and contains Robert Walls and Jordan Lewis, on Wednesday.
Essendon wish to announce the brand new coach shortly after the grand ultimate on September 24.
Hird (pictured celebrating Essendon’s 150-year anniversary match towards Carlton in June) impressed the choice panel throughout his job interview on Wednesday
The Bombers legend final coached the facet in 2015 (pictured) after he was suspended for the 2014 season for his function within the membership’s notorious medication scandal
Lewis revealed the candidates made a superb impression on the panel members.
‘I believe all of the panel members had been actually impressed by the displays,’ he stated.
‘Having by no means been concerned in that sort of presentation or setting, for me it was intriguing and actually enlightening.
‘The manner modern-day coaches take into consideration soccer and the best way it needs to be performed ought to encourage not solely Essendon however the remainder of the competitors.’
Hird took the helm in 2010 however was suspended for the 2014 season for bringing the sport into disrepute for his function within the medication saga, which later led to the suspension of 34 gamers.
He returned to the membership following the 2014 season however resigned in August 2015 with a ultimate document of 41 wins, 42 losses and one draw.
Bar work at GWS this 12 months, first as a management advisor, then as an assistant coach, Hird has had minimal involvement in AFL circles since quitting Essendon.
In an interview recorded earlier than the Bombers sacked Ben Rutten final month, Hird left the door ajar for a return to teaching.
Hird’s most up-to-date teaching stint was with the GWS Giants (pictured), the place he was a extremely regarded assistant
Whoever will get the Essendon function may have an enormous job forward of them after the membership’s struggles in 2022 value ex-coach Ben Rutten (pictured) his job
‘There’s plenty of components about it [coaching] I like,’ Hird informed the Howie Games podcast.
‘I used to be requested by the CEO of a footy membership six weeks in the past if I’d like to educate – not his membership – but when I’d like to educate once more.
‘I’d need to have household issues to do it.
‘I like the truth that you get in deeply and you’re employed with younger folks to create one thing actually, actually particular and also you create an important crew surroundings.’
The Bombers tried and didn’t lure now-North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson, which prompted Rutten’s sacking.
Melbourne assistant Adem Yze is one contender, whereas former Adelaide coach and Sydney assistant Don Pyke and ex-North Melbourne mentor Brad Scott have been linked to the function.
Ex-GWS boss Leon Cameron and former Fremantle and St Kilda coach Ross Lyon opted out of the method.