Interesting comment from Buckenara article
Post Sheedy club was transitioning/rebuilding with Knights in charge, then we got Hird & TRB which saw Goddard select us … then the saga happened.
Pretty clear why our attempts to lure players over the years been a battle. All changing now
7. Who are the worst clubs to deal with and why?
Essendon. You could never really get a straight answer out of the Bombers, particularly when Kevin Sheedy was coach.
He was a great coach but he treated the trade period like a game – he’d talk in riddles and change his mind. A lot of clubs actually didn’t want to do deals with Essendon or get involved in any deals that they were involved in because they’d fall over at the last minute after Sheedy changed his mind or they changed their mind as a club.
That used to occur a fair bit a while back. I don’t think clubs appreciated that and while they’re better now, there was definitely a period where clubs avoided them and it affected the Bombers on the field because they couldn’t get involved in the trade period.
Even when they were serious about a deal no club took them seriously. It was like the Boy Who Cried Wolf.