The bloodletting at Essendon might not have yet stopped with long-time list boss Adrian Dodoro and football manager Josh Mahoney now under the microscope.
Eight days after Paul Brasher was replaced as club president by David Barham, and two days after Ben Rutten was sacked as coach, Xavier Campbell resigned as Essendon CEO, while Brasher and Simon Madden departed the board too.
It was also announced that Sean Wellman would vacate his position as football director once his replacement was found and finance director Peter Allen would step away too at the club’s AGM in December.
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Veteran journalist Caroline Wilson said the club’s recent internal review, steered by Mahoney, didn’t look favourably on Dodoro.
“I’m not sure Adrian Dodoro’s role was strongly supported (in the internal review),” Wilson told 3AW.
“I would be pretty surprised if he was let go before the draft and trade period.
“I don’t think he’s done a terrible job, I just think the divisions and the political relationships involving him are too dangerous.
“I just don’t see both of them [Dodoro and Mahoney] surviving.”
However, while Dodoro’s 20-plus-year tenure at the club appears to be on shaky ground, Wilson felt Mahoney had a much stronger chance of surviving the cleanout taking place at The Hangar.
“The big question now is the future of Josh Mahoney and Adrian Dodoro,” she said.
“I’m convinced now that Josh Mahoney is going to be part of the rebuilding of the Essendon Football Club.
“David Barham said in his press conference the other day that he was critical to what is going on moving forward.
“I’m not sure what’s going on with Adrian Dodoro, but I’m absolutely convinced now that despite reports of Josh Mahoney’s future being under a cloud, I believe he’s going to stay at Essendon and help rebuild the club.”
The Bombers completed their worst 22-game home-and-away season since 2015 this year (excluding 2016 when they were decimated by WADA bans), managing just seven wins.
They are now on the lookout for their sixth full-time senior coach in 15 years.