Essendon have turned to their only coach to have won finals in the past 52 years, Kevin Sheedy, as they attempt to turn their AFL on-field fortunes around.
Sheedy, who coached Essendon to four premierships in 27 years, has been appointed to the club’s board and will “assist with key football department decisions” and provide support to new coach Ben Rutten.
Essendon haven’t won a final since 2004, when Sheedy was still coach, with Rutten the fourth coach to take the reins on a full-time basis since Sheedy’s 2007 departure.
The last time they won a final without Sheedy at the helm was the 1968 preliminary final under Jack Clarke.
“My role is to support Sean Wellman as football director and along with Simon Madden, advise the board on…