Essendon has launched a thorough review of its football department – the second in three years – in a bid to tackle the horror of the 2021 finalists at the start of the year and help the club attack the off-season “with a real head of steam”.
Bombers president Paul Brasher featured prominently in a video released to Essendon members on Monday night, vowing to get to the bottom of the Bombers’ disastrous start to 2022 as they enter their mid-leave -season sitting 16th on the scale with just two wins.
It comes weeks after Brasher insisted at a presidential ceremony that his club would not bow to outside pressure and conduct a review in Ben Rutten’s official second season as head coach.
Stream every game from every round of the 2022 Toyota AFL Premiership season live and ad-free live on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try free for 14 days >
Brasher said the club was “reviewing all aspects of our football program”, with director of football Sean Wellman overseeing the review. The Bombers president hinted that Wellman could call on club legends Kevin Sheedy and Simon Madden “at any stage” to help him with the process.
“I think you’re going to see real improvement in the second half of the year,” Brasher told the members.
“We don’t want honorable losses. We’re happy with the effort, but that’s the baseline and we’re looking to improve on that and not take losing to good teams with narrow margins seriously.
AFL 360 Co-host Mark Robinson, who reported Essendon’s football department was already under review a fortnight ago, said the announcement came as no surprise.
“We talk about coaching, we talk about recruiting – the two big things,” Robinson told Fox Footy’s. AFL 360 Monday evening.
“Fitness and all that is very, very important. But I think the coaching structure, the mechanics of coaching, what are they coaching, why aren’t they listening, the connection and recruitment (will be central).
In the video, Brasher suggested that any actions resulting from the review were “likely to be incremental in terms of additional resources, rather than transformational.”
“Are there particular skills, are there particular areas where we need to invest more? We are looking at that. Support for coaches, including support for Ben and other coaches – what do they need? ” he said.
NEW FIRST PODCAST CRACK – R11 Envelope: Dons stars tense clash splits panel, pies are alive
Listen below or subscribe to Apple Podcasts or Spotify
Brasher suggested the club would likely beef up its scouting department given the club is expected to have a solid salary cap and draft positions at the end of the season.
“This year, we’ll likely have reasonably high draft picks, wiggle room in our salary cap, and the ability to enter a period of trade, free agency, and drafting with a real head of steam,” he said. he declared.
“How quickly will some of the actions we take translate into results? we will see.
Robinson said the Bombers had the ability to attract a big fish from a rival club within months.
“I think they have enough money to tackle a million dollar player,” he said. “Now does a million dollar player want to go to Essendon? How many $1 million players are there?
“I say in The tackle Collingwood, “they are not losing Jordan De Goey”. But Essendon will go for Jordan De Goey, because they have the money to pursue him. Now what is it worth? Maybe $750,000 to $800,000, $900,000? It is worth what you are willing to pay.
“They have money. They could pick a top-three pick, top-four draft pick, and they could pick a free agent. Does this satisfy the millions of Essendon fans? Who knows?”
AFL 360 co-host Gerard Whateley suggested Brasher’s “incremental rather than transformational” comment suggested jobs weren’t at stake – but Robinson said “they (the jobs) have to be”.
“What are they doing then?” They have to figure out what’s wrong,” Robinson said.
“It’s a really important two weeks for the football club because they’re doing this review right now… ahead of the 150th game against Carlton on a Friday night at the MCG and the 150th dinner the following Saturday night. All the way, not for the premiere times this year, lead to the MCG this Friday night.