No Lion here: Former Lions assistant and head Fremantle coach Mark Harvey is in the running to return home to Essendon

No Lion here: Former Lions assistant and head Fremantle coach Mark Harvey is in the running to return home to Essendon. Photo: Getty Images

Former Essendon great Mark Harvey is in the running to take up the position as the club's interim coach.

Harvey, who played 206 games for the Bombers from 1984 to 1997, is a contender for the job following the 12-month suspension of head coach James Hird amid the club's supplements scandal.

Sources close to the club said Harvey, who was in Perth when contacted by the club, would fly to Melbourne overnight for talks.

Harvey was coy last month when questioned over a potential role at Essendon, suggesting he hadn't made any decision regarding his future.

Should Harvey win the position, it is unknown what position he would occupy once Hird returns to the coaching position after the 12-month ban ends.

The Bombers announced on Monday that the successful candidate for head coach would be retained, perhaps in a different coaching or football department role.

In a statement, Essendon’s acting chief executive Ray Gunston said the club's head coach selection panel convened for the first time over the weekend. Gunston said the panel was likely to make its decision on who should replace Hird within three or four weeks.

Harvey served as the interim senior coach for the Brisbane Lions, following the Brisbane board's sacking of Michael Voss.

He previously served four years as senior coach for the Fremantle Dockers but was himself sacked to make way for Ross Lyon.