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Paying James Hird in advance for 2014

My interest in sport is, well, about  less than Zero but I do find some of the machinations and politics of various  codes rather amusing for the passions that they invoke. The rather neat way that Essendon have managed to find a way to keep James Hird in grocery money while he is suspended during 2014 would have to get a very big tick for ingenuity though:

A FIERCE dispute between the AFL and Essendon over whether James Hird could be paid while suspended has meekly ended in farce, with the league endorsing a contrived arrangement in which the banned coach will receive his entire salary for next year before Christmas. The extraordinary capitulation by the AFL, which came a day after league chief executive Andrew Demetriou threatened to withhold regular funding from Essendon until it stopped paying Hird, came as the club was preparing to take the league to court. Having sworn to "go to my grave" with the knowledge that Essendon was not paying Hird, Mr Demetriou has now accepted the club will pay Hird his salary as stipulated by his three-year coaching contract. Under the terms agreed to last night, next year's salary will be paid this year. In a joint statement, the AFL and Essendon said: "The AFL has accepted the Essendon Football Club's position that James will not be paid in 2014 and equally the AFL have accepted that the Essendon Football Club has the right to make payments to James Hird in the 2013 year as it sees fit."


In a joint statement, the AFL and Essendon said: “The AFL has accepted the Essendon Football Club’s position that James will not be paid in 2014 and equally the AFL have accepted that the Essendon Football Club has the right to make payments to James Hird in the 2013 year as it sees fit.”

Sir Humphrey Appleby would be beaming with absolute approval at this bit of nonsense. Personally I think that it proves for once and all that there is no sportsmanship once the  spivs and lawyers get involved with sport.

Cheers Comrades

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4 Comments

  1. Ray Dixon says:

    You are almost spot on with your opinion on the James Hird farce, Iain, except that it’s not so much the ‘spivs & lawyers’ who have brought this ridiculous situation about, but more James Hird himself … with the help of the Essendon Football club.

    You see – and I hate to bore you with this – the point is:

    James Hird is clearly THE person most responsible for the Essendon footballers being injected 4,000 times with unknown & unapproved suspicious substances throughout the 2012 season.

    Yet Hird (and Essendon) claims he (and they) are the victims of the subsequent ASADA investigations resulting (so far) in Essendon being stripped of a finals appearance in 2013, Essendon being fined $2 million by the AFL and Hird being suspended from coaching for 12 months.

    Yes, according to James Hird and Essendon, they did nothing wrong.

    F*cking bullshit they didn’t.

    In my opinion, Essendon and Hird should be permanently banned from the AFL.

    What they did can be summed up in a few words:

    THEY F’CKING TRIED TO CHEAT

    … and got caught out.

    Footy rant over …. you may have your blog back now, Iain. Although you raised it, mate!

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Frankly I think James Hird is very clearly a Spiv Ray and this scheme has also obviously been cooked up by a lawyer…

  3. Ray Dixon says:

    The lawyers acting on his instructions, yes, they put the farcical $1 million advance salary together, but Hird is the architect of the whole scandal, the whole mess. I am amazed at the gall and audacity of James Hird who seems to have a Messiah-like complex where he thinks he can do no wrong and is above the law and norms that apply to others. And the behaviour of the Essendon administration is no better – this is a club that will do ‘whatever it takes’ to get an advantage regardless of the legal and moral codes it may break in getting there. Essendon and Hird show no conscience and no remorse for what’s been done. And it defies all logic that the AFL seems reluctant to take harsher action against them.

  4. Iain Hall says:

    Its the curse of professional sport that has large amounts of money involved Ray. When such big money and great prestige is involved in winning such skulduggery is sadly inevitable and really unavoidable.

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