Two-time premiership coach Mark Thompson has flagged his interest in once again coaching at AFL level.
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Thompson has told the Herald Sun that he is “lost at the moment” without a full-time job in football.
The 52-year-old’s love for the game weaned after the Bombers’ supplements saga, for which he was fined $30,000 for his part.
After coaching Essnendon in 2015 in the absence of the suspended James Hird, Thompson has since worked part-time in the media. But he says his love for AFL is still alive and well and he is entertaining a return to coaching.
“I haven’t had a job outside of football that gives you that real pleasure and fulfilment, knowing that you’re taking kids off parents and turning them into footballers and better people and giving them a good start,” Thompson told the Herald Sun.
“I’m lost at the moment because football was a big part and a big part is gone and to fulfil it, well, they’re big shoes,” he said.
“As for coaching … I’m not going to go back in easy, no way known, because I’ve seen the other side of it.
“It’s got to be right. If you’re in an environment where you can’t get what you want, then you’re going to suffer pain.”
However, Thompson admitted that it would be hard finding a club who would be happy to employ him.
“They’d have to hang on when things got tough, plan together, work together — I’ve had some bad experiences with people who dictate a club’s path,’’ he said.
“It would be really hard to employ me because I’d ask the questions they might not want to hear.’’