I will never rubbish Bomber Thompson. The club have handled the change over from him to Hird poorly.
We all know the bullshit about the BnF. He went to that night obviously told by Little/Campbell, that Hird was sacked or going to be sacked.
That is why no one mentioned Hirds name that night, and that is why Bomber made those comments.
The board, was still listening to the media's rabid call for James to be sacked because he decided to appeal the court decision. Little seems easily swayed by what the AFL through caro have to say.
The club got legal advice that they should appeal.
Instead of setting Mark Thompson up to be embarrassed, our CEO, and Chairman should have listened to their players, and supporters. The supporters are who they are answerable too, not the media.
IN CASE THEY HAVENT REALISED YET - THE MEDIA IS NOT THE ESSENDON SUPPORTERS VOICE.
It is ridiculous that the club moved ahead with appointing coaches, without knowing full well what Mark Thompson wanted.
Mark Thompson said himself, that he would never knife his friend in the back, and he and James Hird are still friends.
It was Little who realised he made the wrong choice to want to fire Hird.
It was Little and Campbell, who should have stepped in and stopped football dept hiring, until they had accomodated Mark Thompson. If the decision was that Bomber didnt want the senior assistant job, or the development job, then fine go ahead and hire. THe club stuffed this up.
Not Thompson, not Hird.
Lets be honest, no one was knocking down Mark Neeld's door.
We now have a situation where a guy who loves this football club will no longer be around, and probably walk away from footy. He doesnt deserve that.
Hird is our coach, deserves to be our coach, and I hope he is our coach for years to come. However, there was room for Mark Thompson at our footy club with Jimmy.
The AFL have made it clear Essendon is not to pay the fine for Bomba, but there are ways around things like this. The smart thing to do would have been to add 30k to his coaching salary last year with an internal understanding that was to cover his fine.
That way Bomba was looked after, and none of this crap would be lingering.