James Hird just about has more university degrees than the Bombers have wins in season 2015, so he shouldn’t have any trouble getting a new gig.
Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has created a fictional market on what one of football’s brightest people will do next and it’s no surprise to see a return to being director at sports marketing company Gemba as the $1.66 favourite given he helped create the business.
Offers to be a commentator ($3.00) will no doubt come flooding in, and Hird is already a proven hit “On The Couch” ($16).
Those scenarios are much more likely than Hirdy using his Bombers experience to become a pharmaceutical rep ($41), or become an AFL coach at a different club, which is priced at $101.
Although he’d get a walk-up start at Essendon at the moment, Hird is $501 to return to the playing field at the age of 42.
“James Hird is far too intelligent to stay in the football world and it’s probably cost him millions by not moving into the corporate world sooner,” said sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.
Market courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
What will James Hird do next?
$1.66 Return to Director of Gemba
$4.00 Writer for Herald Sun
$12 Writer for The Age
$16 Join On The Couch
$26 Gap Year
$34 University Lecturer
$34 Player Manager
$41 Pharmaceutical Company Rep
$41 Director of Football at any AFL club
$51 Board member of any AFL club
$67 Assistant Coach
$101 AFL Coach
$151 CEO of AFL club
$501 Return to playing