Essendon Chairman Paul Little has announced James Hird’s resignation saying the injection program, numerous legal cases, suing the club’s insurer and pro-France views could all be tolerated but not losing.
“Look, injecting players with stuff we don’t know about is bad but it’s not losing regularly by 100 points,” said Mr Little.
“Remember, I extended Hird’s contract despite the fact he’d just been suspend. I even sent him to France for a year and bought him a business degree.
“While I said there were complex factors behind this decision it was really because we were losing.
“Do you think I’d have moved him on if we were 13-6 and about to play finals? You must be high.”
Paul Little said he himself would stay on until the WADA appeal had concluded, which on past form could be until the end of time.
“Of course I could go now but we need stability at the club because if there’s one thing I’ve provided it’s stability.”
“We’ve been stable at rock bottom throughout my chairmanship. That’s actually quite hard to do.”
The settlement between Essendon and James Hird is confidential but is believed to include non-disparagement clauses, a sun bed, the French province of Touraine, 20,000 ‘Stand by Hird’ posters and heaps of money.
It’s believed Essendon are keen to find a new senior coach who is less litigious and has a basic grasp of coaching at AFL level.