ALEX HEINKE reports.
UPDATE: With tears in his eyes, Essendon head coach James Hird emotionally faced the press on Tuesday afternoon, detailing his resignation from the Bombers top job.
At a press conference, Hird accepted the fact the Essendon club would never fully recover from the ASADA drug scandal while he was still in the coaching role.
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After talks with board members, Hird decided to table his resignation and exit from the club he entered into as a youthful 17-year-old player.
Essendon Chairman, Paul Little, hailed Hird a club legend in the press conference, saying he was a loyal servant to the bombers.
Little also appointed Matthew Egan as caretaker coach for the remainder of the 2015 AFL season.
EARLIER: Essendon coach James Hird could be leaving the club when it holds a press conference on Tuesday afternoon following poor on-field performances in the wake of last years doping scandal.
Hird is currently contracted to coach the club next season, but is under pressure since the Bombers’ supplements program in 2011 resulted in 34 past and present Essendon players being taken to the AFL Doping Tribunal this year for taking a banned substance.
The players were cleared but WADA is appealing against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Essendon is currently 15th on the AFL Ladder, having won just five of 19 matches this season.
More to come.