West Coast great John Worsfold admits uncertain future after 2020 with no guarantee of a football job after he leaves Essendon
Outgoing Essendon coach John Worsfold admits the uncertainty around the financial impact on soft caps from COVID-19 has left his future in the game in the balance, but he is confident he still has plenty to offer the game.
Worsfold is in the final year of his tenure in charge of the Bombers, with the West Coast legend set to hand over to assistant Ben Rutten at season’s end as part of a succession plan.
Speaking on ABC Grandstand, Worsfold said he had spoken to Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell last year about his future post 2020, but with reports of a reduction in club spending in football departments his future was now clouded.
“There’s going to be massive restriction on spending in football departments, so there is going to be a lot of restructuring around how things look and what roles there are,” he said.
“That may mean there is an even greater opportunity for people who have been involved with the game for a long period of time. I feel as though I have got a good handle on all areas of footy departments because I have been there for so long.
“That may be something that Essendon or other football clubs are keen to explore or they may say ‘no, we are going to stick with a more basic structure and we can’t afford to have an extra person assisting in those roles’.”
Worsfold said he was open to a number of ideas to see the season resume and a premier awarded.
“We all want to see a season get under way, we want to see a season played, we know its going to be a unique season and we know its going to be something that will be talked about for many, many years and decades to come,” he said.
“What won’t ever be erased from the record books is that there will be a premier and they will be listed as the 2020 premiers.
“And it will be great for their fans, the players wont feel it will be diminished in any way and they’re all in the same boat, working at the same thing.
“To have a premier this year and play footy, everyone is open to doing what it is going to take.”
Back in WA with his family, Worsfold said he was still highly motivated despite having limited access to his players and staff.
“We’re still competing with every other club in the competition, even right now, about how we’re engaging with our players, how best we’re making sure our players are going to be are going to be in a physically and mentally strong position to come back and train and play footy,” he said.
“We are still striving to be as great as we can be.”