The manager of Ben Rutten has taken aim at Essendon, accusing the club of “fundamentally” poor management in the way they have treated their coach this week.
The Bombers joined the race for Alastair Clarkson on Monday after a board coup where president Paul Brasher stood down and former television executive David Barham took charge.
However, their bid for the four-time Hawthorn premiership coach failed on Friday, with Clarkson informing North Melbourne he would accept their five-year offer.
The Bombers’ pursuit of Clarkson had been privately confirmed as early as Monday, but Adam Ramanauskas revealed Rutten had initially not even been told what was going on.
“I think it’s been really disappointing. You’ve got to look at the human side – the way he has been treated is fundamentally not right,” Ramanauskas, a premiership player with the Bombers in 2000, said on RSN radio on Friday morning.
“It’s fair to say Monday and half of Tuesday were pretty difficult days because nobody was telling him what was going on. He was calling a lot of people and wasn’t getting much response back.”
Rutten, with a year remaining on his contract, has continued to fulfil his weekly duties this week and is planning to have control against Richmond on Saturday night.
His future, however, remains clouded, for the Bombers are still expected to search for a new coach.
Clarkson said on Thursday he felt for Rutten this week and admitted the entire week had been “embarrassing”.
“It’s quite embarrassing to be fair, to be such a central figure in all this,” Clarkson told Nine.
“I’ve got enormous respect for the three guys involved in their clubs … in particular, the situation with ‘Truck’ [Rutten], he’s still got a year on his contract to run, and it’s quite embarrassing to be the centre of attention in a situation when it’s so difficult for him and his club.”
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