Bombers sack football boss Dan Richardson

Essendon have sacked head of football Dan Richardson on the eve of the trade period, and there could be more casualties to come.

New president Paul Brasher promised to hold a brutally honest review of the club following the Bombers’ slide to 13th place this year.

Richardson, who has spent three years in his role and played a major role in luring Ben Rutten from Richmond in 2017, became the first major axing.

Rutten is now the senior coach of Essendon after taking over the reins from John Worsfold.

“Dan is a good football person and has played an important role in the development of our senior coach Ben Rutten and has helped attract a number of talented people to the club,” Bombers chief executive Xavier Campbell said.

“But the decision to not offer Dan a new contract was made following ongoing discussions about football performance and the future direction of our football program, and we believe now is the right time to make this change in leadership.

“The football department requires an experienced leader to oversee the next critical stage of our football program’s growth and provide important support to Ben Rutten, who we have great confidence in as our senior coach.”

Earlier this year, Essendon great Matthew Lloyd declared the Bombers had become a laughing stock of the competition, saying the AFL club would continue to wallow in mediocrity until they fronted up to their issues.

Essendon’s internal football review, which is being led by Brasher and football governance director Sean Wellman, is expected to be completed by the end of November.

There’s a growing consensus there will be others who follow Richardson out the door.

Forward Joe Daniher and defender Adam Saad have already informed the Bombers they want out, leaving Rutten with an uphill battle to get Essendon back into finals contention next year.

The Bombers haven’t won a final since 2004, and they produced just one victory in their last 10 matches of the 2020 season.

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Essendon Bombers part ways with head of football Dan Richardson

A former player agent with ESP (now TLA), Richardson joined the Bombers at the end of 2017, arriving from Richmond where he had helped the Tigers to a drought-breaking premiership.

It comes as the Bombers undertake a review into their football department, led by president Paul Brasher after the Dons won just one of their last 10 matches this season and several key players including Joe Daniher, Orazio Fantasia and Adam Saad signalled their intentions to depart the club.

Richardson was at the helm for the sacking of assistant coach Mark Neeld, the acquisitions of Ben Rutten and Blake Caracella and the handover of the senior coaching role from John Worsfold to Rutten.

The Dons only days ago hired Daniel Giansiracusa as an assistant coach. He crossed from the Western Bulldogs.

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Manchester United 5-0 RB Leipzig: Champions League – live reaction! | Football

Rashford’s reaction


Full-time: United 5-0 Leipzig


GOAL! United 4-0 Leipzig (Martial pen 87)

GOAL! United 5-0 Leipzig (Rashford 90+1)


Penalty to United

GOAL! United 3-0 Leipzig (Rashford 77)


GOAL! United 2-0 Leipzig (Rashford 74)



Half-time: United 1-0 Leipzig

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Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live! | Football

HALF TIME: Burnley 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur









The teams



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Arsenal v Leicester City: Premier League – live! | Football

GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 Leicester (Vardy, 80 mins)




Half time: Arsenal 0-0 Leicester

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Focus on Football board challenger has no regrets amid Richmond Tigers dynasty

Hiscock added that the Tigers had ultimately taken on just about every recommendation made by the dissenters.

“When we challenged, I said ‘we’ve got to stop kicking it sideways and stop kicking it backwards, and run in numbers and go to war for the coach.’ And that’s what Richmond’s done ever since,” Hiscock said on Sunday.

Martin Hiscock addresses the 2016 news conference.Credit:Justin McManus

“I honestly think bringing Neil Balme to the club was instrumental. Neil said to us ‘don’t mention at the press conference [in 2016] that you’ve spoken to me.’ We said we’d bring him to the club and [reporter] Tony Jones says ‘well have you spoken to him?’ and I said ‘no.'”

Dr Hiscock said he was happy with the decision to challenge the board, which prompted a long meeting with O’Neal.

“Very glad. It’s not an easy thing to do. We had people ringing up my hospital looking for dirt. I knew that was going to happen. I knew I was going to be sledged in the media,” he said.

“I have no regrets. It needed to be done. We wouldn’t have won the 2017 flag without a challenge. We forced a lot of other changes. Basically everything we suggested, Peggy did.

“People thought it was an attack on the club. It was never an attack on the club. For us it was an attack on the board. We didn’t think that their focus had been on football. I’m very proud of where the club is now and I’m also very proud of what Peggy and Brendon and the board have achieved. Damien [Hardwick] has turned out to be an amazing coach.”

Hiscock also said supporters of other clubs could learn something from what transpired at Richmond.

“Yes. You need to be accountable. A lot of clubs are lingering.”


He floated Collingwood as a club that would benefit from a challenge.

“But who’s going to challenge Eddie McGuire with all that power and media influence?”

At the time of the challenge, O’Neal strongly condemned the ticket’s move.

“Instability and change equals chaos and I refuse to let that happen to my club,” O’Neal said in 2016.

“We believe there are more constructive ways of effecting lasting change than those outlined today by those seeking to take over this board.”

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Football: Aguero faces fresh lay-off after injuring hamstring in Man City draw

LONDON: Sergio Aguero faces another spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday (Oct 24).

The Argentine striker only returned to action last week after four months out following knee surgery.

City boss Pep Guardiola revealed he was waiting to discover the full extent of the injury to the club’s all-time record scorer.

“It’s a muscular (injury), hamstring, I think,” he said. “Tomorrow we will know.”

Aguero’s setback is the latest in a series of injury and illness issues that have hit City, who were without Fernandinho, Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake and Gabriel Jesus at the London Stadium.

The City boss, whose side are 12th in the Premier League after substitute Phil Foden cancelled out Michail Antonio’s spectacular opener, said it was a testing period.

“The reality is we had four or five guys with Covid,” he added. “We didn’t have time for regeneration.

“Our striker (Gabriel Jesus) was injured in the first game. Sergio was out for four months. Kevin (De Bruyne) was injured. (Ilkay) Gundogan came back from Covid.

“To play every three days you need the whole squad. To not have the whole squad is more difficult.”

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34 min: Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson aren’t getting forward down the wings as much as usual this evening, with Sheffield United’s wing-backs keeping them pinned back as much as possible and forcing them to play the ball inside. As I type that, young Trent makes an eejit of me by getting forward and playing a raking pass into the Sheffield United penalty area, where Mo Salah tries to lift the ball over Aaron Ramsdale. Enda Stevens does well to distract him and the ball goes out for a corner from which nothing comes.

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Martin wins third Norm Smith Medal to cement himself in football folklore

He’s done it again.

After another incredible performance in a Grand Final, Dustin Martin has cemented himself as one of the best players in AFL/VFL history by winning his third Norm Smith Medal.

Only three players have won the award more than once – Luke Hodge, Andrew McLeod and Gary Ayres – but it has never been won three times.

Until Saturday night.

When the game was on the line in the final quarter against Geelong, it was Martin who stepped up to kick two goals to seal Richmond’s third premiership in four years.

Overall, he had 21 touches (10 contested), nine score involvements, four goals and three tackes.

The 2020 Norm Smith Medal was voted on by a panel including Leigh Matthews (Chair), Lauren Arnell, Malcolm Blight, Damian Barrett and Peter Ryan.


15 – Dustin Martin
6 – Jayden Short
4 – Shane Edwards
3 – Mitch Duncan
2 – Nathan Broad

Leigh Matthews (Chair) – D Martin 3, N Broad 2, S Edwards 1

Lauren Arnell – D Martin 3, J Short 2, M Duncan 1

Malcolm Blight – D Martin 3, M Duncan 2, S Edwards 1

Damian Barrett – D Martin 3, J Short 2, S Edwards 1

Peter Ryan – D Martin 3, J Short 2, S Edwards 1

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