Eddie McGuire has been left stunned by post-match comments from outgoing Essendon coach John Worsfold, contending that “he has just left the greatest bomb of all-time with one game to go”.
Worsfold raised eyebrows on Saturday when, following his side’s loss to Port Adelaide, he referred to “Essendon people” who expect more from their club than what has been dished up in 2020.
“I understand that Essendon people think that Essendon should be better, but they’ve also got to understand that the competition challenges clubs now to work to the same rules – the draft and the salary cap,” he said.
“No one team has any more right to be successful quicker than any other team, just because they’re a big-name club.
“You’ve got to knuckle down and commit to doing the work. Good clubs will do that and come out of it with success.”
Hearing the comments on Monday morning during Triple M’s Hot Breakfast, McGuire was floored by Worsfold’s comments as he prepares for his final game as Essendon coach before handing over the reigns to Ben Rutten.
“I reckon he has just left the greatest bomb of all-time with one game to go. He has just smashed them on the way out the door,” McGuire said.
“That is as big a backhander I’ve heard going out the door. Wow, that is unbelievable.”
After a promising start to the season, the Bombers have failed to win in all but one of their last nine games.
Worsfold has also been embroiled in a back-and-forth with club great Matthew Lloyd, who said he should have been sacked 12 months ago.
“I think they’re Matthew’s personal opinions. I’m not sure if he’s garnered any support with those, but that’s his job as a commentator, not a journalist,” Worsfold said.
“I don’t expect him to make journalistic comments, so he’s just an opinion-maker and he’s welcome to do that if that’s the way he feels.
“He’s not making them as an Essendon champion, he’s making them as someone who needs to earn his pay. If that’s how he needs to do it, then that’s fine.”
In response, Lloyd claimed he has received messages of support from former Bombers players for his criticism of Worsfold’s leadership.
“I was trying to make comments that were fair and what I saw I go with and I don’t think he has garnered much support with his comments,” Lloyd said.
“I have never had so many Essendon people get in touch with me to say thank you, thank you for showing some passion, because there is no passion, there is no emotion, there is no conviction.
“The mixed messages. They are at their wits end and for him to come out yesterday and talk about, you know, where we are at, we are a young team, we are this, we are that, it was just another piece of John just confusing everyone with his mixed messages.”