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Caretaker coach Mark Thompson unsure if he'll stay at Bombers

Essendon caretaker coach Mark Thompson is still unsure whether he will be at the club in 2015.

James Hird standing on principle but it's time to play the team game

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik James Hird had every right to launch Federal Court action in August. His legal team established what appeared to a sound case, only for Justice John Middleton to tear it down.

I will stay if I can coach: Mark Thompson

'The plan was to leave after this year. I don't really want to' said Mark Thompson.

Matt Murnane Mark Thompson has indicated that he would be prepared to stay at Essendon as senior coach next season should James Hird be sacked.

Paul Little to work out role to keep Mark Thompson

Paul Little at Essendon's awards night.

Matt Murnane Essendon chairman Paul Little has told supporters the club hopes to work out a new role imminently for in-demand caretaker coach Mark Thompson "for the next couple of years". 

Bombers face a tough fight to appeal, say lawyers

Graham Smith:

Jon Pierik Essendon and James Hird could face an almost impossible task to successfully appeal their decisive loss in the Federal Court, lawyers claim.

James Hird facing the axe at Thursday board meeting

James Hird the Essendon coach

Caroline Wilson James Hird’s decision to defy his club and potentially prolong his players’ anti-doping battle in appealing last month’s Federal Court decision looks to have ended his coaching...

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Federal Court decision a major blow for Bombers, James Hird

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik Befitting the high stakes on the field at this stage of an AFL season, it was much the same for Essendon and James Hird when they returned to their battleground of a different kind on Friday.

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Bombers face crippling legal bill after court orders club to pay costs

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Caroline Wilson Essendon faces a massive legal bill after losing its Federal Court challenge against the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Bombers to consider appeal after Federal Court finding on ASADA probe

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Samantha Lane Under mounting pressure for its choices in a doping investigation that has tainted two AFL seasons and could yet bleed into another, Essendon's board will determine whether the club's costly, and...

Hird, Bombers verdict to be delivered on Friday

James Hird (R) with barrister Nick Harrington at the Federal Court.

Jon Pierik The AFL's preliminary final weekend could potentially be overshadowed when Essendon and James Hird find out on Friday whether they have won their court case against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping...

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Dean Robinson and Bombers prepare for mediation

Dean Robinson is suing Essendon for $2 million.

Jon Pierik The Dean Robinson camp is still awaiting documents from former Essendon media advisor Liz Lukin, as the Bombers and Robinson prepare for mediation on Friday.

Bombers' Jake Carlisle injured in training

Jake Carlisle has shown signs of his potential in the second half of the season.

Essendon forward Jake Carlisle is expected to be sidelined for up to two weeks after suffering a slight hamstring strain.

Bombers would have missed finals under ASADA deal

James Hird being shown the facilities by chief executive Xavier Campbell (left) and football manager Neil Craig when he returned to work at the club on Monday.

Caroline Wilson Essendon players facing anti-doping sanctions rejected a definitive six-month suspension tabled before them in June this year which would have seen them miss the last four games of the home-and-away...

Bombers must find a way to keep Mark Thompson, says Tim Watson

Tim Watson says he can't see why Essendon can't find a specific role for Mark Thompson to keep him at the club.

Matt Murnane Essendon great Tim Watson has implored the Bombers to work out a way to keep Mark Thompson at the club next season.

Mark Thompson unsure if Bombers will make him an offer

Mark Thompson has made it clear he would like to continue in some role at Essendon in 2015.

Matt Murnane Caretaker coach Mark Thompson wants to remain at Essendon but senses there won't be a role for him at the AFL club in 2015.

Bombers all but finals bound after fighting off Gold Coast

Brendon Goddard marks courageously.

Rohan Connolly Perhaps it was a bizarre moment in the second quarter that might have best summed up Essendon's hard-fought win over Gold Coast on Saturday.

Essendon coach Mark Thompson at a loss over Bombers' concentration lapses

 Mark Baguley of the Bombers lies on the ground after taking a knock to the head during the match against Carlton.

Rohan Connolly Essendon will get to play its elimination final in Melbourne next week, but coach Mark Thompson remains at a loss to explain the lapses in concentration which saw his team only just scrape out of its...

Incredible Watson driving Bombers towards their destiny

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Michael Voss After 579 long agonising days, Jobe Watson and his troops will play in a final. Even if only for a couple of hours it will be about football. And only football.

Bombers still owe $1.6m of AFL fine

Yet to pay fine: Mark Thompson.

Samantha Lane A year after the AFL issued Essendon a record $2 million fine over the supplements scandal, and fined premiership coach Mark Thompson $30,000 for his part in the affair, the club has made just one...

Can the Bombers put the score on the board?

Forward focus: Essendon needs Joe Daniher to fire.

Jon Pierik Finals questions about the North Melbourne-Essendon clash.