Brad Scott has been officially announced as the new coach of Essendon.
Foxfooty.com.au confirmed the Herald Sun’s report that Scott won the race to replace Ben Rutten.
The Bombers board ratified the appointment on Thursday evening, following the coaching search panel process.
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The Age reported Scott would sign a contract lasting at least four years.
“To reach this appointment, we established a clear and structured coaching recruitment process to ensure we found the right person to take our club forward,” the Bombers told their members.
“The coaching process was diligent in its approach and detailed in its execution. It begun with a shortlist of over 22 candidates and included a demanding interview process, game style presentations and external personality profiling to ensure we had the full picture of the successful candidate.”
Rutten was sacked as Bombers coach after the home and away season as part of the board’s ill-fated attempt to lure Alastair Clarkson.
Currently the AFL’s football operations boss, Scott spent almost 10 years as the senior coach at North Melbourne, taking them to two preliminary finals.
He finished with a record of 102 wins and 101 losses, with four finals victories.