The Courier-Mail

Proven coach call

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ESSENDON leader Bren­don God­dard has urged the club to re­place James Hird with an ex­pe­ri­enced and proven AFL coach.

The club is set to an­nounce the se­lec­tion panel for the coach this week, with chair­man Paul Lit­tle hop­ing to con­firm the ap­point­ment by mid-Oc­to­ber.

God­dard said the club would ben­e­fit more from a proven leader than an up-and­com­ing as­sis­tant.

“I’d like to see some­one with a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said. “I don’t think we need to go an in­ex­pe­ri­enced coach ... I don’t think our list is at that point, I’d like to see a strong, opin­ion­ated kind of guy.”

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