Legendary Essendon manager Kevin Sheedy has been revealed as one of the key players behind the board spill which could eventually lead to the appointment of Alastair Clarkson as manager.
It took less than 24 hours after a disastrous 84 point loss to Port Adelaide for massive changes to be implemented at Essendon, with chairman Paul Brasher being replaced by former Channel 10 boss Dave Barham, who is on the point of ordering an external review of the club.
According to Caroline Wilson of The Age, Sheedy, who is now manager of Essendon, does not believe in outgoing manager Ben Rutten, and his shrewd move to the board eventually led to the club playing in the 11th hour for Alastair Clarkson.
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Wilson said the turmoil in the boardroom had been building since May at the earliest, when Brasher made public the club’s intention to begin an internal review.
The internal review caused so much angst within the club that new chairman Barham was set to walk away from the Bombers.
“I understand the numbers were pretty much split last week…and it was Kevin Sheedy’s vote that got away from Paul Brasher and VP Peter Allen,” Wilson said on Nine’s. Footy Ranked.
“It came to a head a few weeks ago when David Barham, I believe frustrated by the events at Essendon Football Club and the internal review, actually thought about walking away from Essendon Football Club.
“He was persuaded to stay not only by some board members, but also by wealthy backers.”
With Brasher out of sight, the future of club CEO Xavier Campbell, who implemented the now infamous coaching succession plan that put Rutten in charge in 2019, is up in the air.
Campbell publicly backed Rutten again late Monday night, but Wilson believes he did so without knowing “how far things had gone with the Clarkson camp.”
The ripple effect of Brasher’s resignation could be widespread, with the roles of CEO, head of football and head of recruitment all to be looked at.
Wilson revealed how the boardroom’s bad blood had seeped through to the players, leading to what she called a “toxic” environment.
“We have (head of football) Josh Mahoney at complete odds with (head of recruiting) Adrian Dodoro. This situation has become toxic,” she said.
“Coach and Adrian Dodoro, toxic. There are so many divisions in this football club. It’s quite devastating.
“The players suggest they’re not mad to have him (Rutten) on the bench with them.”
While she believes North Melbourne has not yet given up hope of luring Clarkson to Arden Street, Wilson says the four-time premiership winner will end up in Essendon.
“He suggested to North Melbourne that the decision is days away now. It’s been extended,” she said.
“GWS is irrelevant. They suggest Adam Yze was their first choice anyway. I think Alastair Clarkson will and should choose Essendon.”
Club legend Matthew Lloyd admitted he was “delighted” to see an external review had been requested by Barham, after his own repeated pleas.
The president left in the middle of the turmoil of the bombers
“They changed the strange board member, they changed the head of football from time to time, they changed the strange assistant manager, but in the end it doesn’t really get them far. C ‘is just making changes for the sake of it,’ he said Footy Ranked.
“Now I think it’s important because it changes the chairman, now it’s the pressure on whether Xavier Campbell is the right person as CEO, head of football, head of recruitment, coach, everyone is examined.
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“Finally, we’re going to get an external review, not an internal review. How can you rate yourself? »
An official decision is expected on Rutten’s future as early as Tuesday morning.
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