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Essendon's board delays a decision on James Hird

Radio stations SEN and Triple M both reported this morning that the Bombers had been forced to move on Hird- suspended for 12 months for overseeing the controversial supplements regime at the club in 2012- following his wife Tania's explosive interview last night on the ABC's 7.30 program .

In the interview, Tania Hird had accused AFL chief Andrew Demetriou of tipping off then-Essendon Chairman David Evans about a possible breach of ASADA regulations prior to the club coming under investigation.

"David admitted that he said to James 'Go into ASADA and tell the whole truth, but don't say what Andrew Demetriou told us'. It has been referred to as the tip-off," Mrs Hird said.

She also claimed that her husband had been made the "scapegoat" of the scandal.

Bombers Chairman Paul Little appeared this morning on Triple M, and could not guarantee Hird's future at the club.

"The club will have to meet now to determine how we go forward in relation to the James Hird issue," said Little.

It is believed that the Essendon board will meet today to discuss how they will proceed.

Little labeled Tania Hird's comments' "disappointing" and "less than helpful," even when given that they came a day before the Bombers begin their 2014 campaign against North Melbourne.

Demetriou himself vehemently denied the allegations being made by Mrs Hird when he spoke with Red Symons and Gerard Whateley on ABC Radio this morning.

"I don't want to go over old ground because you've got both me and David Evans deny that and the simple reason why it's untrue is because I wasn't privy to any information," said Demetriou.

"I couldn't have passed on information that I wasn't in possession of so look I saw the thing last night, I thought it was disappointing from the perspective of the Essendon Football Club, they are one day away from their first game. "

"It is a distraction to the core issue which is that there was a regime occurring at this football club-systematic-of young men being injected with substances that in many cases were banned for human use, some of which are unknown, some of which could potentially have long-term health effects and it was imperative that the AFL put a stop to it for the integrity of the code. "

"That is the core issue and the rest of it is noise."

Later when asked on radio station 3AW whether James Hird's position had become untenable, Demetriou stated that it was a matter for the Bombers to assess.

"That's a decision for the club, but you could hear in Paul [Little's] voice an immense amount of frustration."

Longstanding AFL Commissioner Bill Kelty bemoaned the ongoing nature of the saga, agreeing that the major issue had become clouded.

"It's not about James, it's not about me, it's not about Andrew ... it was about the welfare of the players," said Kelty.

Speaking on Triple M, Collingwood president Eddie McGuire suggested that Hird was unlikely to coach the Bombers next season.

"It's more about the camp around James Hird and the advice he's getting," McGuire said.

"Clearly that advice is contrary to the advice that the chairman of the Essendon football club, who James appointed for two years, has been giving and the direction the club wants to go in."

Former Collingwood coach Tony Shaw was scathing in comments he made about the Hird camp on 3AW this morning.

"Essendon supporters should be filthy [about] the ego-driven, selfishness of the timing of this to come out," Shaw said.

"It's shocking. I think James Hird should never coach AFL footy again."

With Scott Spits