Sewell to help ‘Dons pick new AFL coach

Two-time Hawthorn AFL premiership player Brad Sewell is on Essendon’s coaching sub-committee.

Former Bombers captain Neale Daniher, who is helping the Bombers with their football department review, will also be involved in recommending the new coach.

Board member and 2000 Essendon premiership player Chris Heffernan, chief executive Xavier Campbell and the club’s people and culture manager Lisa Lawry are the others on the sub-committee.

The panel will make its recommendation to the club board and Essendon expect to name the new coach in October.

Sewell retired at the end of last season and is now a member of the match review panel.

He played 200 AFL games, including in Hawthorn’s 2008 and `13 premiership teams.

“When we sat down to form the panel we wanted to ensure the final sub-committee had diverse experience across the AFL industry,” Campbell said in a club statement.

“Neale, Brad and Chris understand what’s required to build a successful football culture.

“They have first-hand knowledge of the demands of coaching at senior level, they have a strong grasp of the day-to-day operations of a professional football club and a clear understanding of how the game is evolving.

“Lisa is an important member of the club’s executive and will manage the recruitment process.”

Essendon said they would also consult with a number of people within and outside the club.

James Hird left Essendon earlier this month after a disastrous year, where the Bombers started as strong finals hopes but have won just five games.

Matthew Egan is coaching Essendon until the end of the season.

WADA’s ongoing appeal against the AFL anti-doping tribunal ruling on 34 current and past Essendon players is the obvious complication in the coaching selection process.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport will hear the appeal in Sydney from November 16 and it is expected to last about a week.

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