James Hird Plans To Appeal ASADA Court Case, Now Essendon Considers Cutting Ties With Its 2015 Coach

James Hird – heading back to court. Photo: Getty/ Quinn Rooney

Essendon is looking to cut ties with coach James Hird, with the board meeting tomorrow to discuss his future, The Age is reporting.

The move comes as Hird decided to appeal the recent Federal Court ruling against him and the club over ASADA’s doping case.

The Age says Bombers chairman Paul Little has called an emergency board meeting for Thursday after Hird decided to go against the club’s advice and mount an appeal.

Essendon decided against a challenge. Hird has been studying in the US after the AFL suspended him from coaching for 12-months in the wake of the ASADA investigation into the use of supplements at the club.

The Age says Hird’s decision “places him directly at odds with the AFL’s hierarchy”.

If Hird is removed from the coaching role he was due to return to in 2015, it’s expected Mark “Bomber” Thompson, who filled in for Hird during his 2014 suspension and steered the embattled club to the finals, would take his place.

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