Bomber, have you Hird the Knightmare is over?

After a dramatic 24 hours at Windy Hill, one thing is certain, all opposition clubs will be once again terrified of the powerful, mighty Essendon Football Club, the most successful football club (along with Carlton) in the history of our great game.

The 27th September 2010 started like any other day, yet finished with the possibility of James Hird signing on as Coach and Mark Thompson signing on as Director of Coaching for the 2011 season. The coup, if successful, is huge for Essendon and the return of their last two premiership captains will surely help the once dominant club, return to the top of the ladder within a few years.

Passionate Bomber fans, are fed up hearing from rival fans how Hird will fail due to, ” Having not coached at the highest level before”… To those doubting James Hird as Essendon’s new coach, sit back, understand the facts and then share your opinion;

a) Kevin Sheedy coached the mighty ‘Dons for twenty-seven years and delivered four Premierships from seven Grand Finals, having never had prior experience as an assistant.

b) If Mark Thompson is to be appointed Head of Coaching, given his experience he will probably call most of the shots. James Hird is there as a figurehead who will get the respect out of a young playing group. With this, he’ll get the players to play for him and most importantly play for the club, the mighty Red & Black. The intensity will lift, the passion will return. Something that’s been missing for the last three years under Matty Knights.

In addition to this, many are comparing Hird coaching Essendon to that of Michael Voss coaching Brisbane, which people are calling a failure. To those people, did you realised Brisbane missed the finals in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008? Did you also realise that in Voss’ first season in charge, Brisbane beat Carlton in the 2009 Elimination Final? Those basing their opinions on this season, a season troubled by injuries to key players I might add, have a  very short memory. If Voss failed this year due to limited coaching experience in the past, how do you explain 2009, when he had even less experience? And of course, James Hird isn’t Michael Voss and Essendon isn’t Brisbane. You can’t compare apples to oranges.

The record under Matty Knights was disgraceful for such a proud, passionate, successful club, having won just 25 of 67 games (37%) while Knights was at the helm. Can it gets worse? Unlikely.

One of the most overlooked aspects in football is the ability of a coach to gain 110% effort out of all his players. There’s more to winning games of football than simply having the skill, the mental aspect is half the battle. Hird will get more out of the current crop of players than Knights ever did, because he’ll have the respect, the admiration. The admiration that a champion brings to the club.

A famous quote from Sun Tzu, a 6th century BC Chinese philosopher and author of The Art of War states;

“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.”

This sums up the situation with Hird perfectly and highlights the fundamental difference between he and Knights. Essendon’s greatest player and one of the games most decorated players of all time is definitely the man to set the example and be the perfect role model to the next generation of Bomber stars, just as Sheedy was to Hird almost twenty years ago.

And finally, another magical quote from Sun Tzu;

“It is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for the purposes of spying, and thereby they achieve great results.”

To all the doubters, I’ll be sure to remind you of your words when the decision pays off and Hird’s once again lifting the Premiership Cup, just like he did in 2000.

Go Bombers!



20 responses to “Bomber, have you Hird the Knightmare is over?

  1. Trav Perkins (via Facebook)

    get another 15 jobe watsons in ya team and u might go all right

  2. Fender Matton (via Facebook)

    Nothing to stick it aint going to be a quick fix which all bombers expect!

  3. Peter Micallef (via Facebook)

    Don’t expect a miracle mate but he reads the game better then anyone finals 2012

  4. Jarrod Aspinall (via Facebook)

    Clarky, Good article. Just one small spelling error with twenty on the end of the article. (Know you will want it right, that’s all). Like the 1st Chinese quote in there.

  5. Corey Bevan Toohey (via Facebook)

    i’m thinking this is only the begining for essendons downward spiral. I mean i love hirdY, but an inexperienced coach with inexperienced players, wont be a good mix, but good luck to him

  6. Stuart Pretty (via Facebook)

    i think it is a brave move…but it seems to be keeping most ignorant essendon supporters happy 😛

  7. Joseph Buckley (via Facebook)

    So they are recruiting someone who has only ever coached u9 children before? That to me is a massive backward step. Choco should be at the helm and hirdy assistant along with Goodwin

  8. Lochie Deller (via Facebook)

    Goodwin will sign with Adelaide tomorrow Joseph…..

  9. Joseph Buckley (via Facebook)

    What lockie? All the talk is that he’ll be at the bombers as an assistant

  10. Stuart Pretty (via Facebook)

    in regards to micheal voss: his coaching stratergy directly impacted his teams success this season by recruiting old, over the hill, injury prone players….something that im sure he will no doubt learn from, but still feel the affects of for the next few seasons (and fev’s contract will severely fuck them over also)

  11. Stuart Pretty (via Facebook)

    just for the record: i love hird, and think this move was inevitable. I’m just not sure about the timing or hird’s credentials (at the present time)

  12. Rob Irish (via Facebook)

    Bomber Thompson heading back to Windy Hill…
    Could it be the best partnership in Bomber History???
    The Australian:

  13. Shane Foxwell (via Facebook)

    Go hirdy! i believe in ya mate and i believe you can take us to a flag..:)

  14. savio the don (via BomberBlitz)

    Hird said On the Couch tonight that he is assembling the best coaching unit possible. He is not leading the club alone but he will surround himself with the best team possible. And as a unit they will rebuild the club.

    It will be nothing like Voss in Brisbane! Understand that Hird will be one part of the panel and will be expected to fulfill his role as will all the other coaches.

    If we get Bomber back the greatest coup in recent memory will be complete.

  15. yaco55 (via BomberBlitz)

    At the end of the day we can argue for over 200 pages, about the merit of appointing head as Head coach, but there are two undeniable facts

    – Hird will be the next coach of EFC, and should receive our full support

    – The club needed Hird, more than Hird, needed the club – We should be grateful that Hird accepted the position.

  16. Dundalan Dave (via BomberBlitz)

    100% spot on. This will completely lift the spirits of the place. So badly needed after the last year. Let the rebuild of the rebuild begin. It’s still going to be a long way back, but thank god it is now going to start.

  17. What a awesome day for the Essendon football club 🙂

  18. He will make a great coach, just like his former teammate Timmy Watson 🙂

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