ESSENDON has revealed it’s prepared to speak to sacked ex-AFL football operations boss Simon Lethlean about the club’s vacant head of football position.
The Bombers are on the search for a new footy boss after Rob Kerr suddenly resigned from his position after October’s AFL trade period to pursue other opportunities.
Lethlean has been out of the AFL industry since July after resigning as the league’s football operations boss amid an infidelity scandal.
He was reportedly in the mix for the previously-vacant Carlton CEO role before Cain Liddle was appointed earlier this month. He has also been linked to the still-unfilled chief executive role at Collingwood.
Bombers CEO Xavier Campbell said the club hadn’t spoken to Lethlean yet but that he’d be “someone who will be on the radar for sure”.
“You’d be open to chatting to Simon,” Campbell told SEN on Wednesday morning.
“He’s a pretty talented football person. He’s got pretty significant football experience. But for us we’re literally just starting the formal piece of the process now.”
Campbell said the Bombers weren’t in a hurry to appoint a head of football, but stressed the club wanted a “really good person” to run the football program, which was heading into a “exciting stage of our football program over the next few years.
“We’re only really just starting the process, so we aren’t in a major rush to get it moving,” Campbell said
“We’ve got a really good foundation and ‘Woosha” (coach John Worsfold) is a really experienced football person and well supported guys like by Matt O’Hanlon and Ash Brown from our football program.
“We’d hope to, by Christmas, look to add a really talented person to come in and add value to our football program.
“It is a really important part of your business and we think we are in a really exciting stage of our football program over the next few years.”
The club also revealed on Wednesday morning that football director Chris Heffernan would stand down from his position on the club’s board at December’s AGM.
Heffernan, a 2000 premiership player, served on board for six years after playing 123 games for the club.
“The club is very special to me and I will always do what I can to assist,” Heffernan said
“It was an honour to play for Essendon, and the same goes for being appointed to serve on the board.
“I’ve been lucky to serve under some wonderful Essendon Chairman in David Evans, Paul Little and Lindsay Tanner and I think we can all take confidence from the fact that the club is in great hands going forward with Lindsay, Xavier Campbell and John Worsfold.
“I would like to thank all our members, staff and players for their wonderful loyalty in sticking with the club through an incredibly tough period in its history.
“I’m optimistic they’ll be rewarded with some on-field success in the not-to-distant future. It’s not a given, it will require a lot of hard work (and luck) but our foundations are strong and I’m confident we are well positioned.”