Former Essendon premiership winner Dean Wallis has lashed out at his former club, labelling the current squad as “imposters” who should “review and investigate”.
Wallis told the Herald Sun that he is speaking out because some insiders of the club are frightened to voice their opinion on the matter.
“If there was an Olympic Games for imposters in the AFL, Essendon would win gold, silver and bronze,” he told the Herald Sun.
“Some people will have a go at me for speaking out like this, but someone needs to stand up. The reality is, I’m just a past player who cares about his club.
“There needs to be a full review and investigation into the ongoings of the past and hopefully there are some passionate Essendon heavy hitters that can rally together to make drastic and necessary changes.”
Wallis believes that former coaches James Hird and Mark “Bomber” Thompson brought a positive energy to the club, compared to how the club is positioned today.
“The people who I still speak to at the club tell me it’s a lifeless environment today. I’m on the outside now, but they’re telling me it’s lost its soul,” he said.
“All I know is that a bloke called Graeme McMahon would never, ever have let this happen and allowed the club to get to where it has and staff to get away with what they have,” he said.
“I’ll never forget a couple of days before he passed away, I was sitting by his bedside at his house, he had a tear coming out of his eye and he said, ’Wally, whatever you do, fix this club. The club is f—ed’.”