Essendon football chief Josh Mahoney will stay at the Bombers after withdrawing from a potential role as a senior football manager at the AFL.
Mahoney had spoken to the AFL hierarchy about the head of football role occupied formerly by Steve Hocking, who is now taking over as Geelong chief executive, but has decided to remain at Essendon and continue in his role there.
Essendon football boss Josh Mahoney.Credit:AFL Photos
The AFL has been considering splitting the Hocking role, or retaining it as one position. Ex-North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has been favoured to fill one of those positions, assuming he does not pursue the Carlton coaching job.
Mahoney has impressed the Essendon hierarchy since he took over as the head of football at the club last year, providing support for senior coach Ben Rutten and his coaching panel while also overseeing the club’s future planning in list management – as he did at Melbourne alongside Simon Goodwin. He was a candidate to become that club’s chief executive prior to the Demons appointing Gary Pert to replace Peter Jackson.
Scott is chief executive of AFL Victoria and thus the figure responsible for managing the game at the second tier, such as country and metropolitan leagues and is highly regarded by Gillon McLachlan and the administration.
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