Essendon footy boss Dan Richardson says a number of assistant coaches weren’t silenced in the coaches box.
In the wake of Mark Neeld’s sacking, reports have indicated assistants Mark Harvey, James Kelly, Paul Corrigan and Hayden Skipworth were not able to speak up in relation to strategy and game plan.
That job was left to senior coach John Worsfold, Rob Harding and Neeld.
However, Richardson has denied those claims, saying all the members of the coaching staff are valuable ones.
“No, definitely not,” he told SEN’s Whateley, when asked if the assistants were silenced.
“They were active members of the coaching box on match day.
“I’ve read some reports and I don’t know where that comes, around they were silenced. That wasn’t the case.
“In terms of the game strategy and game performance manager, that was Mark Neeld’s role, so he had perhaps some authority of that aspect of the game.
“The assistant coaches are valued members of the coaching group, and now is a great opportunity before them to continue to grow and be even more valued.”
Neeld’s sacking wasn’t a knee jerk reaction to the 2-6 start to the season according to Richardson.
“This is not a knee jerk reactive decision,” he said.
“I haven’t said it is Mark’s responsibility and nor has anyone internally from what I can gather.
“Mark has made the decision, yes it has been made through some challenging conversations we have had, and then I know people out there like to say, well he has been sacked or pushed.
“I know that sounds more interesting, but the reality is Mark has made the decision to move on, it’s a selfless decision, John supports that, I support that, and now we move forward.”