Essendon sacks head coach Ben Rutten

Ben Rutten has coached his final match with Essendon, as the Bombers confirm his sacking following today’s board meeting.

Key points:

  • Rutten was informed of the club’s decision following a board meeting
  • His final match in charge was Saturday night’s 66-point loss to Richmond
  • The Bombers finished in 15th place on the ladder in Rutten’s second season as coach

Rutten’s future had been under a cloud for much of the past week following the Bombers’ attempt to snare Alastair Clarkson as head coach.

Clarkson signed with North Melbourne, but the Bombers’ failed bid to recruit the four-time premiership coach left Rutten’s position essentially untenable.

Bombers president David Barham informed Rutten of the decision to terminate his contract earlier today.

Rutten was contracted through until the end of the 2023 season.

“We know this has been an incredibly tough time for Ben and his family, and broadly, our whole club,” Barham said in a club statement.

“We wish to thank Ben, as well as wife Kylie and children Jack and Bernie for their contribution to the Essendon Football Club.

“Ben’s commitment and care for this playing group was second to none, and we thank him for his dedication to what we recognise is an all-consuming role as senior coach.

Author: Ivan Robinson