I follow Arsenal. Here’s my side of it then with my comparison to Essendon.
Arsenal went from a team that would challenge for the title, to a team to that would finish top 4 with CL, to a team that are now outside of the top 4 with Europa League.
The issue was that they didn’t improve enough compared to their rivals. The owner was happy for top 4 and CL money. One year missing CL can be forgiven by two years out and that was it.
New coach now has the job of returning them to Top 4 with CL. If he does that by season 2 he can have a long reign as Arsenal manager.
With Essendon our goal like every other team is to win Premierships. In this league you are either in contention for a flag or a building for one. The key is to know when you fall out of contention and begin to load up again as soon as you can.
I hope we are in a position to contend for the Premiership next year. We don’t want to fall into a position like Geelong where they are topping up every year but slowly getting further away from a flag. I think Adelaide is in a similar boat even though they made a grand final last season. Hawthorn hopefully the same and Sydney.
Worsfold has just had his season where we have finished out of finals. And like Wegner missing CL spots he better make finals next season.
Otherwise it will be WOOSHA OUT!