Rutten determined to stay on at Bombers

Essendon coach Ben Rutten says he “deserves better” following his treatment by the club, but maintains he still wants to keep his job for next season.

Key points:

  • The Essendon board will meet today to decide Rutten’s future as coach
  • Rutten says he is committed to coaching the Bombers next season
  • The Bombers failed to lure Alastair Clarkson to the club

Rutten is contracted for next season but could be sacked after a board meeting later today, just days after the club’s botched attempt to lure now-North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson.

He was emotional in Essendon’s rooms after the 66-point loss to Richmond at the MCG on Saturday night, the result bringing down the curtain on the Bombers’ dismal season.

They won only seven of their 22 matches to finish in 15th place on the ladder, a season after making the finals under Rutten.

He said his treatment by the club during the week was “disappointing” but he believed he could still mend bridges if handed a reprieve.

“I probably think I deserve better,” Rutten told a post-match media conference.

“As a club, we need to come together as a whole football club and we need to stick to a plan, put our heads down, bum up and do the work.

“There’s no other way. There’s no other way for this football club to get back to where it wants to be.”

Author: Ivan Robinson