Brad Scott has been announced as Essendon’s new manager.
The former North Melbourne leader skipped highly rated Melbourne assistant Adem Yze and bomber legend James Hird to win the role last week.
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He was interviewed Thursday before the board ratified the decision after the selection subcommittee was convinced he was her husband.
Having already been interviewed twice, Yze was the hot favorite for the job ahead of Hird and Brendon Lade, who has now joined the Western Bulldogs as an assistant.
But Yze – who was also the favorite for the vacant GWS Giants role before being trumped by Adam Kingsley – has finished second again, with Scott snatching the Bombers’ top job from under Yze’s nose.
Scott spent nearly 10 years with the Kangaroos, leading them to two interim finals before parting ways with the club in 2019 on a one-year remainder of his contract.
He has since taken over Steve Hocking’s former role as chief operations officer for the AFL.
7NEWS reporter Mitch Cleary says the Bombers’ interest in Scott has been “simmering” for several weeks.
“Brad Scott’s first meeting with the Essendon coaching board was three weeks ago,” he said.
“The AFL season ended Saturday and Scott received the final hook today.”
Earlier, Cleary announced a key appointment that all but confirmed Scott’s destiny as the Bombers’ new coach.
“Scott has had a meaningful dialogue with Essendon over the past month and that will only increase with the appointment of the director by Andrew Welsh, who is a huge Scott fan,” Cleary said.
Welsh, a former player who has enjoyed a successful career in property development, was appointed to Essendon’s board just two days ago, replacing Simon Madden.
Still, Essendon’s great Matthew Lloyd said Scott’s tour of Essendon doesn’t mean his appointment was a fait accompli.
Speaking on AFL Trade Radio, Lloyd said Hird and Yze had presented “really well” but said he had confidence the process would be followed and Scott still had to “present well and beat the others” to be appointed.
“To be honest I’m pretty excited that someone of that quality has said they want to coach the club now,” Lloyd said.
“Brad Scott can come in and take care of the cliques, take care of the supporters. I think he would be the favorite for the job now that we’re here.”
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