Worsfold to reportedly fill Essendon's head coach position

WEST Coast Eagles premiership coach John Worsfold will reportedly fill the vacant head coaching position at Essendon, although the Bombers have denied a decision has been made.

Responding to a story that Worsfold had won the job and all that remained was to work out the finer details of the contract, Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell told Fairfax Media the process of selecting a new coach was yet to be completed.

"The selection process is ongoing and no decision has been made on the next senior coach," Campbell said.

He also said the selection panel was yet to make a recommendation to the club's board.

Earlier in the day, a story on the AFL website said Worsfold had been given the role and confirmation would be coming from the Bombers within the next few days.

Worsfold filled the role of director of coaching at the Adelaide Crows following the death of close friend Phil Walsh in July.

He had previously said he wasn't ready to return to top-level coaching, but after the stint helping out Crows caretaker coach Scott Camporeale, the 47-year-old said he had regained his passion for coaching and was keen to get the job at Essendon which became vacant after James Hird resigned in August.

Worsfold coached West Coast in 281 games over 12 seasons from 2012 to 2013, including 17 finals.

He took the club to two grand finals, losing to Sydney in 2005 before gaining revenge over the Swans the following season.

- APN SPORTS BUREAU



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