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Essendon ‘hold second interview with Adam Yze’ in blow for James Hird

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Essendon ‘hold second interview with Adam Yze for coaching vacancy as Melbourne begins searching for his replacement’ in bitter blow for James Hird with club legend returning after controversial drug scandal

  • Essendon held a second interview with Adam Yze for their coaching job
  • Yze currently works under Simon Goodwin at Melbourne Football Club
  • However, the ruling prime ministers are already looking for a replacement
  • The development is a bitter blow to club legend James Hird

Adam Yze is leading the race to secure the coaching vacancy in Essendon after a second round of talks with the AFL club, the claim reports.

The Melbourne assistant coach sat down with a selection panel for a second time on Wednesday, as the Bombers move closer to finding Ben Rutten’s replacement for 2023.

The latest development is a serious blow to club legend James Hird, who is open to a return after his bitter departure over his involvement in the supplement scandal that rocked the club.

Adam Yze conducted a second interview with Essendon about their coaching vacancy

The Herald Sun reports that the Bombers plan to announce an appointment at the end of next week.

Yze played 271 games for the Demons before turning his attention to coaching and is widely regarded as an AFL coach while waiting.

Hird interviewed for the job at Windy Hill last week but has yet to be invited for a second round of talks, and club legend Tim Watson believes the two-time premiership winner is not the best option for the Bombers.

“We don’t need a savior to return to Essendon Football Club,” he said.

The Bombers are looking for a new coach after the resignation of Ben Rutten (middle) this season

The Bombers are looking for a new coach after the resignation of Ben Rutten (middle) this season

“We need someone who is able to create an action plan capable of delivering success and rebuilding a successful team.”

Watson added that Hird comes with luggage in his eyes.

“If the process was set up correctly, and if James raised his hand and said he wanted to be interviewed, I would have thought they would always interview him, given his unique connection to Essendon Football Club,” he said.

“That doesn’t mean he gets the job, he has to go through the process like everyone else.

Yze's second interview is a serious blow to club legend James Hird who wants to return after the supplement series during his stint as head coach

Yze’s second interview is a serious blow to club legend James Hird who wants to return after the supplement series during his stint as head coach

“He hasn’t coached since 2015 (and) then he wasn’t a successful coach, although there are unusual circumstances.

“Perhaps the sum of his experiences he’s had off the game since and what he’s done has allowed him to develop perhaps a unique set of man-management skills.

“He’s a super-intelligent guy, and all that would be revealed during the interview process.”

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