Essendon coach Mark Thompson.

Essendon coach Mark Thompson. Photo: Pat Scala

Mark Thompson will not be drawn on whether James Hird's planned return to resume duties as senior coach after this season is the best outcome for Essendon, as the club desperately tries to put the supplements scandal behind it.

With the Bombers' board set to meet on Wednesday to discuss Hird's future in the wake of a 7.30 interview with his wife Tania, the club confirmed on Tuesday that Tania had been invited to attend, although it's believed she will now decline the offer.

The board wanted to give Tania Hird the chance to tell her side of the story, along with her husband James who the club has confirmed will be part of the meeting via a video link-up from overseas. 

The club says it wants to be as transparent as possible with both James and Tania as to their position, however it's understood Tania took offence to her invitation being presented in the media as a club order for her to front the meeting.

Thompson, meanwhile, remained adamant on Tuesday that he will not be the senior coach next year, telling the media he did not expect to be asked to continue in the job beyond 2014, and would not do so even if he was approached.

Thompson is convinced Hird will return take over the team, even if the club’s board is yet to reach that position.

Chairman Paul Little is still refusing to guarantee the Bombers legend will be given the next two seasons post 2014 as promised to him after his 12-month suspension for involvement in the supplements saga was agreed.

The media frenzy created by public comments by Tania Hird, and fuelled further by Little's response, sparked speculation last week that the Bombers might seek a fresh start by cutting ties with one of the club's most famous figures.

Thompson was asked directly on Tuesday if he thought Hird's return was best for the club. After a pause, he replied: "He's coming back. That was the plan. Until it changes, we can't do anything else".

The uncertainty around Hird will continue to linger until more information is presented after Wednesday's crucial board meeting, however it took only a round one win against North Melbourne for the first group of Essendon supporters, and other commentators, to suggest the club might be better off sacking Hird and sticking with former Geelong premiership coach Thompson long term.

Thompson, speaking at training on Tuesday, said he had not been approached by the Bombers to coach beyond his one-year agreement.

"I wouldn't expect the club to ask, and I wouldn't change my answer," he said.

Essendon legend Tim Watson, father of captain Jobe Watson, said on Monday night he still had some doubt as to whether Hird would coach the club again, although he thinks he will - provided he and the "Hird camp" give assurances that they will not spark further distractions for the club by speaking out publicly about the drugs drama.

Another Bombers champion in the media, Matthew Lloyd, said he had strong information that Hird would be the coach post 2014, and that the board meeting was more to work out a strategy of how that could happen without causing more interruptions to this season.

Pleased but not surprised by how his players were able to block out the constant speculation about the furture of their coach, Thompson said he did not expect the Hird issue to disrupt preparations for Friday night's blockbuster against arch rival Hawthorn at Etihad Stadium.

"I don't think it will have any impact at all," he said.

"We won't talk about it, we won't use it. The best way to play good footy is to concentrate on good footy.

“It's not my issue. It's the club's issue.

"They've got to work it all out and I'm happy for that, and the players are happy, because we can get to do what we do - and that's concentrate on footy."