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James Hird admits he DOES want to coach Essendon in 2023

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James Hird admits he DOES want to coach Essendon in 2023 – despite the club legend’s role in the supplement saga that put the Bombers to shame – as he reveals ‘redemption’ as the driving force behind his bid to return

  • James Hird has confirmed he wants the job at Essendon in 2023
  • The Bombers legend put the club to shame over the supplement scandal
  • He spent 2022 as an assistant at GWS, but is now aiming for a return to Essendon
  • Hird says ‘redemption’ is the driving force behind his desire to come back

James Hird says redemption and closure of the infamous supplement scandal are one of the reasons he wants to return as Essendon’s AFL coach.

Hird is one of four candidates interviewed for the Bombers’ head coach role following the resignation of Ben Rutten.

“I would love to get the job,” Hird told the Age newspaper over lunch on Thursday.

James Hird has admitted he’s eyeing a sensational 2023 return to Essendon

“I know there’s a lot of speculation about whether I did the time or did the job, but I have a passion for the club.

“I have spent a lot of time in football over the past 12 months and mainly focused on the game, back coaching, work review, back training, spending time abroad with some of the best coaches in the world.

“So if I get the chance, that would be great.

“Redemption is a great thing.

“But for me I just love Essendon Football Club, it’s been a part of my life forever and I think I can make it better.”

The club legend coached the Bombers from 2011 to 2013 and again in 2015

The club legend coached the Bombers from 2011 to 2013 and again in 2015

However, he left under a dark cloud over the club's supplement saga, but wants a comeback

However, he left under a dark cloud over the club’s supplement saga, but wants a comeback

Hird coached Essendon from 2011-13 until he was banned for a year, a sanction imposed on the Bombers for the club’s use of banned supplements.

He returned as coach in 2015, but retired after round 20 that year.

Hird was interviewed by the Bombers along with Adem Yze, Dean Solomon and Brendan Lade, with a decision expected next week.

“For me, to be one hundred percent honest, doing the interview was just great,” Hird said.

“Maybe it was closing. But if I do or don’t get the job, that’s a point in a saga that has been pretty ordinary for all of us.”

Hird spent the last half of this season as an assistant coach at GWS under interim Giants coach Mark McVeigh, who replaced Leon Cameron when he stepped down.

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