BOMBERS “OPEN” TO CHATTING WITH LETHLEAN
Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell has admitted the club is open to speaking to axed former AFL football operations manager Simon Lethlean about the Bombers’ vacant head of football role.
It was reported in the Herald Sun this morning that Lethlean’s “best option” to return to the industry could be via a football department position. Last month, Rob Kerr departed the club as footy boss, and the Dons haven’t ruled out discussing the role with Lethlean.
"You’d be open to chatting to Simon,” Campbell told SEN Breakfast.
“No [we haven’t spoken to him yet.] He is someone who will be on the radar for sure. He is a pretty talented football person.
"He has got pretty significant football experience.”
However, Campbell stressed the decision making process has only just began, and the club won’t rush into a choice.
"We are literally just starting the formal piece of the process now,” he said.
"I would like to think that’ll ramp up over the next couple of weeks leading into Christmas and hopefully it gets us to a point where we can feel comfortable to make a decision just before Christmas.
“We want to get a really good person to come in and run our football program.
“It is a really important part of your business and we think we are in a really exciting stage of our football program over the next few years.
“We have only just started the process, so we aren’t in a major rush to get it moving.
“We have got a really good foundation and John Worsfold is a really experienced football person and well supported by Matt O’Hanlon and Ash Brown.
“We’d hope to, by Christmas, look to add a really talented person to add value to our football program.”
Lethlean is still a candidate to become Collingwood’s CEO, as the Magpies have yet to announce a replacement for Gary Pert.
It was reported Lethlean was a favourite for the Carlton CEO job after Steven Trigg’s shock departure, but Cain Liddle filled that vacancy.
Lethlean was forced to resign from his position at the AFL earlier this year after it was revealed he had an affair with a younger female staff member.