Essendon president Paul Brasher has announced that head coach Ben Rutten will not tackle the boot in a review of the club’s football activities, saying he will look into the remaining years of his contract.
Brasher further revealed that the review will focus on improving support rather than handcuffing key figures in the football department.
Ascendon Boss said in a video message Monday that the Bombers, who have dropped to a 2-9 win-loss record this season, will be reviewed by football director Shawn Wellman, as well as board members and club icon Kevin Sheddy. And Simon Madden.
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“I said I think Ben will be coaching for a long time. I think he will be a very successful coach. I have full confidence in him,” Brasher told The Edge.
Under pressure from Ruten’s job security, Brasher said he would “definitely not be fired” at the end of the season.
“No, no, no, of course not,” said Brasher.
When asked if Rutten would coach Ascendon in 2023, Brasher said: “Yes.”
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Brasher also defended the decision to implement an internal review.
“We believe we have enough people internally with the right kind of objectivity and experience to be able to evaluate it,” Brasher said.
The Bombers returned to final football in 2021 but are now 16th on the ladder.
The only team to beat Ascendon this season – Hawthorne and Adelaide – sit 13th and 15th, respectively.
Essendon is scheduled to leave this week before taking on Carlton in the 13-round MCG.
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