To be honest i’m not having a go at anyone in a coterie but you do find they do express themselves as a Diamond Don or Essendonian rather than an Essendon member.
It’s also some of the language in the article (and it may be the journalist).
“Hughes, who has spent five years guiding the Essendonians through a period marred by the supplements saga, said there were several areas the Bombers needed to focus on.”
“I am nominating because I feel I have an ability to add a deeper level of value to the club after spending over five years guiding the Essendonians through a very challenging period,” Hughes said.
OK so what needed guiding at the Essendonians exactly? Is there more information that they know about that everyone didn’t get to know about?
“We must have a clear focus on building a benchmark football program and department that can deliver sustainable success as this will effectively underpin other corporate objectives and consolidate our ability to become a true destination club.”
So we don’t have that right now? Are we running along not knowing what we are doing?
“During this period, the coterie actually grew in numbers and produced consistent returns to the club, despite the environment that we had to operate within. I feel that I can bring many of the experiences, learnings, and key relationships made during this time to the club to assist it in delivering its key strategic objectives. I also have a wide range of corporate skills, having successfully founded and run my own companies after working in a number of diverse and well known organisations.”
Did the membership numbers also not increase during this period? Are we not at record membership numbers?
If you have a look at the Essendonians website the last blog update was Rnd 19 2015 and the last gallery update was in 2016 and finally the ex president is still listed as the president. Remember that line about better inclusiveness and communication from the club? How about you tell everyone else what you actually do as well, maybe then you won’t be met with as much scorn.
Again, I have nothing against the coteries but if you want to say these things about the club and how they can improve perhaps it would best to give us something to back up your own claims as well.