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Essendon has appointed Josh Mahoney as its new football boss, as first reported by The Age's Sam McClure.

Mahoney replaces Dan Richardson, who was sacked from the role in October following a review of the football department.

Mahoney recently departed Melbourne -  where he worked in their football department for 13 years - most recently serving as the club's General Manager of Football Operations.

Demons CEO Gary Pert thanked Mahoney for his service to the club.

“Josh is a highly respected administrator within the AFL industry and Melbourne Football Club,” he told

“His contribution and care has always been first class and we thank him and his family for the dedication and commitment they have shown.

“He was one of the key drivers of our AFLW program at its inception, oversaw our AFL list management strategy and has played a pivotal role managing the Casey Fields facility redevelopment.

“We wish Josh all the best in his new role and he will always be welcome back at the club.”

Mahoney was thankful for his time at the Demons and the opportunities he received.

“I would like to thank the club for the opportunities that they gave me over 13 years – my first coaching role, my first administration role and for the last seven years, the opportunity to lead the football department,” he said.

“Experiencing local rituals in Central Australia, planning the introduction and growth of our AFLW team, the excitement of returning to Finals in 2018 and all the highs and lows in between, it has been a great ride.

“To all the players, staff, board members and Melbourne Football Club members, thank you. The football department now has the players, staff and programs to provide the opportunity to achieve what all Dees supporters have wanted; Melbourne’s next era of success.”