Essendon president David Barham says he was “glad” former coach James Hird went through the selection process that ultimately landed on Brad Scott and is open to the idea of Hird returning to the club in another role.
Hird was one of several candidates interviewed for the job, but former North Melbourne coach Brad Scott was ultimately favoured for the role, which was officially announced on Thursday night.
At a press conference with Scott on Friday, Barham said he was pleased Hird had put himself up for the role given the challenges he faced after his departure from the club at the end of 2015.
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“Hirdy went through the process and I was glad he did,” he said.
“He went through exactly the same process as everyone else. It was a completely independent process.
“Everybody had the same opportunity, that was really important.”
Asked whether Hird could still join the club in another role, Barham replied: “Hirdy will always be a champion of this football club. I can‘t speak for him on whether he wants to get involved, that’ll be something for him.”
“He’ll always be loved by this football club.”
Hird spoke openly about his preparedness to return to the senior coaching ranks after a hiatus from the game following the Essendon supplements saga.