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Time will tell chook.

Fair chance there will be an exodus of players. Hird getting the push is only the beginning. Litigation is sure to follow

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and to be fair - the players should go nuts with the litigation.

theyve had their careers ruined by a cheating coach and an at best negligent board and footy club (although they should have said NO to drugs...)

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He thinks its all over.

WADA are still coming...

So are worksafe. Essendon are in a worse position than they've ever been. In all likelihood, we aren't even midway through this. Essendon still have to answer to WADA, still have to answer to worksafe, and still could have to answer to further penalties from the AFL - if the WADA case finds them guilty. I actually think draftees should be vocal about the prospect of landing at Essendon, it is a mental health issue now.

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i didn't realise until i read bomberblitz just how many essendope supporters are gay :wacko:

Careful now dc. Stuie (aka "The Snitch") will call his moral compass down upon your masked head.

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So the Bombers lost 10 of the last 11 and HAVE BECOME AN ABSOLUTE BASKET CASE

Who'd they beat?

LOL

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What kind of coach has a parting sledge like that to one of their best midfielders?!

And one of the few players with enough integrity to refuse involvement in Tird's drugs program in the first place?

What a piece of work.

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LOL

How transparent is this entire charade? Sure Little, James "offered to stand down." because that's entirely in line with everything we've seen so far.

Quite amazing to see someone get a full payout of their contract after quitting, too. The entire club is full of delusional sycophants.

Oh look, Little AGAIN reiterating the laughably rehearsed company line of Hird triumphantly, courageously and heroically offering to leave the club to "help save the players of the club he loves."

Bucket please!

Bucket wouldn't begin to be big enough ... :):lol::o

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What kind of coach has a parting sledge like that to one of their best midfielders?!

And one of the few players with enough integrity to refuse involvement in Tird's drugs program in the first place?

What a piece of work.

I must have missed it, what did he say and who did he sledge?

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What's the bet that we see him next year working for Ch 7 as an AFL supplementary commentator.

odds on

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What kind of coach has a parting sledge like that to one of their best midfielders?!

And one of the few players with enough integrity to refuse involvement in Tird's drugs program in the first place?

What a piece of work.

Who and what did he say?

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“I hope that me going enables the club to get some space,” Hird had said at one point. This was all about the players and their welfare, which their outgoing coach showed by cracking a joke that had the net effect of labeling midfielder David Zaharakis “soft”. Thanks boss.

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2015/aug/18/james-hirds-record-on-the-field-proves-his-undoing-as-essendon-force-him-out

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"Get me the good stuff We're playing Carlton this week..."

Hird Text message to Dank

Round 4 2012.

Never Forget....

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"Get me the good stuff We're playing Carlton this week..."

Hird Text message to Dank

Round 4 2012.

Never Forget....

and then they destroyed the blues to the extent that carlton raised their concerns with the AFL!

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and then they destroyed the blues to the extent that carlton raised their concerns with the AFL!

yes. Many seriously broken bones

The only time i have ever had any time for Carlton...

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Little saying "I don't accept that we sacked the coach" is comedy gold.

"I don't accept that we had a major undocumented injection program"

"I don't accept that we did anything illegal"

"I don't accept that we did anything dangerous and irresponsible regarding our player's health"

"I don't accept that we've wasted millions of dollars defending indefensible positions in court"

"I don't accept that the only reason we're not deemed criminals is that all evidence was destroyed"

"I don't accept that we are now also a basket case on-field"

"I don't accept that we need to sack anyone else from the board"

and coming soon;

"I don't accept that we are approaching a massive financial crisis, with no reserve funds left, gate takings imploding and sponsors leaving through the windows"

Meanwhile, I found the rd 4 carlton-essendon highlights on youtube, and I just can't stop myself from pausing at 2:46

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZsXiWuZifw&noredirect=1

And like all of us, I'm bitterly disappointed about the loss to Essendon a few weeks ago.

It's a strange feeling knowing that we will forever be the answer to the trivia question;

"Which club did Essendon beat in it's last ever win?"

Edited by Little Goffy
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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/james-hird-makes-a-graceful-exit-as-he-departs-as-essendon-coach/story-fnp04d70-1227488989802

John Ralph

James Hird makes a graceful exit as he departs as Essendon coach

ESSENDON’S greatest fear was when James Hird ­departed it would be kicking and screaming, the prelude to a costly unfair ­dismissal suit.

But on Tuesday, Essendon made the only decision it could and yet, perplexingly, it was one of James Albert Hird’s finest hours.

Make no mistake, if Hird could see a way clear of this bloody and brutal saga, he would still have been in an ­Essendon tracksuit instead of navy blue pinstripes at 3.15pm.

But when the inevitable came, Hird’s exit appearance was almost note perfect.

It was, all at once, a reminder of why he could have been a great coach, and why he never could be at Essendon.

The club was able to pitch Hird’s decision to resign as a magnanimous gesture, his ­urgings so relentless they were almost forced to accept his overture to move on.

How noble of them.

And, to his eternal credit, Hird declined the opportunity for recriminations and chest-beating.

Instead, he admitted he had come to the realisation many have known for so long — to move on, Essendon had to be a James Hird-free zone.
Paul Little pitched it as “a fresh start and a clean slate” but Hird wants only that this once-great club to be “a normal football club again”.

Now Hird can move on after as graceful an exit as a sacked coach can make.

And by the time the 2016 season rolls around, with Little expected to have moved on, this truly will be a club recast in every way since the 2012 supplements program that ruined so many lives and careers.

Amid a narrative that Hird was putting himself before a football club, it was hard to warm to a coach many have not forgiven for receiving $1 million not to coach.

As his staff watched on and his players huddled behind him, he was softer and more reflective.

He spoke of his deep ­relationships with his players, the extraordinary toll these years had taken on his family, the advice from confidantes that he live a life away from the spotlight.

Tellingly, he passed up the chance to rip into Stephen Dank, to tip buckets on ASADA.

“I feel the club needed space,’’ he said, revealing he had several times in recent weeks offered his resignation to Little and chief executive Xavier Campbell.

As the losses grew heavier and the players’ state of mind grew more dire, the refusals from his bosses grew weaker.

Almost always when a coach is sacked after months of ever-intensifying pressure, the deed itself sees an entire club let out a huge sigh of relief.

Hird’s desire for a “normal club” is perhaps only months away from being fulfilled.

By Christmas, Essendon’s players could be cleared of doping charges, with a new coach and executives, and a new brand to sell to eager fans.

Or at worst, perhaps 10 of those players might face a month’s suspension given the backdated penalties and excessive delays in this wearying ASADA/WADA case.

Then, Essendon can make itself what it wants to be again.

Edited by daisycutter

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