Nice Scott! Former Roos boss edges out Hird as new Essendon trainer


Former North Melbourne mentor Brad Scott has been appointed Essendon’s new trainer, edging out the likes of Adem Yze and membership stalwart James Hird for the position. 

The Bombers’ training variety panel, which is headlined through soccer boss Josh Mahoney and contains Robert Partitions and Jordan Lewis, interviewed Scott on Thursday.

Hours later, Essendon officially introduced the 46-year-old as their new trainer.

Scott coached North Melbourne from 2010-19 however has maximum not too long ago labored on the AFL, the place this 12 months he served because the league’s common supervisor of soccer.

He’s going to be tasked with serving to Essendon conquer virtually 20 years of mediocrity.

Essendon have no longer received a last since 2004 and have been broadly panned for the best way they sacked trainer Ben Rutten this 12 months.

Rutten used to be no longer informed of his axing till after the membership’s bid to land Alastair Clarkson failed. 

Essendon’s determination to interview Hird for the position additionally raised eyebrows given the membership nice used to be the trainer of the Bombers right through remaining decade’s dietary supplements scandal. 

Melbourne assistant Yze and previous Gold Coast assistant Dean Solomon have been the others within the operating for the position. 

Ex-St Kilda assistant Brendon Lade used to be additionally interviewed however pulled out to enroll in the Western Bulldogs.

After Rutten used to be sacked, Essendon president David Barham made it transparent he sought after an skilled hand on the helm, and Scott fitted the invoice.

Scott coached the Kangaroos 211 occasions between 2010 and 2019, and had a successful file of fifty.24 in keeping with cent, with 106 victories and 105 defeats.

He led North Melbourne to initial finals in 2014 and 2015.

“Right through the method, it used to be transparent the membership required a robust chief and Brad’s observe file as a participant, trainer and administrator demonstrated this,” Barham wrote in a letter to the membership’s contributors pronouncing Scott’s appointment. 

“Brad has a fantastic resume, with a various vary of roles and is the skilled determine the membership required.

“We imagine Brad has the entire attributes to be the long-term trainer of the Essendon Soccer membership. He’s a robust chief who will power requirements and determine a successful tradition.”

Scott is broadly revered within the AFL, and may be warmly won through Bombers lovers.

However there may be one notable one that might take some convincing concerning the new position for the previous Kangaroos trainer – his dual brother.

Twin Geelong premiership mentor Chris Scott stated the aggravating nature of training supposed the position got here at a price.

“(Training) isn’t an excellent process to be truthful,” Chris Scott informed Footy Categorised, when requested previous to the appointment about his brother’s doable go back to the fold.  

“It’s simply arduous paintings. It’s a aggravating life. There’s a price to that place and it must be weighed in reality moderately.”




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