Essendon’s longest-serving director will depart as the Bombers embark on an intriguing board election that has seen nine candidates challenge for two positions at the troubled club.
Kevin Egan, who joined the Bombers as a player more than half-a-century ago, confirmed on Tuesday he would not contest the forthcoming election after almost two decades on the board and the best part of 50 years at Essendon.
The potential challenge to Paul Little’s control comes as uncertainty surrounds the senior coaching positions and the futures of 34past and present Bombers who are still facing playing ban.
Neil Craig’s sudden availability for the Bulldogs coaching job has led to further uncertainty. While Craig is not expected to depart the Bombers unless appointed the Bulldogs coach, his most recent move would indicate a willingness to replace senior coach James Hird should he depart.
Other candidates for Hird’s job, should it become available, include the recently appointed senior assistant Mark Harvey with the future of 2014 acting senior coach Mark Thompson still unclear.
Egan told Fairfax Media his decision to leave the club was not linked to the current crisis.
“I’ve been there a long time and logically I think I should give someone else a go,” he said.
Egan was in the 20 when the Bombers won the 1965 flag and was football manager when Kevin Sheedy became coach, working with him until he joined the Swans in 1991, returning as a board member at the end of 1995.
Two key contenders who have campaigned for change and challenged the ongoing corporate governance at the club are former Melbourne Storm boss Ron Gauci and financial planner Jason Cunningham. The Port of Melbourne Corporation’s Anthony Donald, Paul Cousins and Bill Jennings are also among the challengers, with voting to open later this month.
Cunningham voiced his support for Hird on Tuesday, saying: “From my understanding, James Hird has the full support of the board, the players are playing for him and he’s a great coach. So why on Earth would I want to walk in to an organisation that I love, if I am fortunate enough to get elected, and try to tear its heart out by sacking a bloke who has the full support of the board and the unconditional support of its players?”
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