Premiership Bonmber Ted Fordham has told the club to show Joe Daniher the door, believing the forward is placing himself above the club.
The Bombers premiership player booted seven goals in the club’s 1965 Grand Final win and is a former Essendon vice-president.
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The 80-year-old recently spoke to the Herald Sun, slamming the Essendon star forward.
“He thinks he’s bigger than the club and when a bloke gets to that stage, you bloody get rid of him,” Fordham said.
“You only have to look at his last 11 games and his stats – he’s done nothing and he thinks he’s a superstar.
“I can’t say anything bad about him as a person but as a player at the Essendon Football Club I think he has set a very, very bad example.
“I’ve seen this coming for two years with Daniher and the sooner they get rid of him, the better off they’ll be. And they can get rid of Orazio (Fantasia), too.
“I’m very concerned about the club to be truthful.
“I watch every game and I think I’m a pretty good judge of a player and pretty good judge of a person and I’m very, very disappointed in what is going on at the club at the moment.
“Joe Daniher’s efforts have been a disgrace and he should have made a decision by now as to whether he’s going to stay at the club.
“I’d give Adam Saad five years and pay him what he wants.
“As for these other blokes who don’t want to be at the club – I think it is detrimental.”
Daniher is linked with Brisbane and Geelong in 2020 and had requested a trade to Sydney last season.
“They should have let Joe Daniher go last year and got what they could for him,” Fordham said.
“We’ve got a long way to go and for (coach Ben) Rutten to turn around and say, ‘We’re going to be tough, we’re going to be this and we’re going to be that’ and then says to a bloke you’ve got two weeks to make up your mind whether you are going to be at the club – I just thinks that’s really, really bad.
“It sickens me to see (Zach) Merret and (Andrew) McGrath and (Dylan) Shiel and a few of the others busting their balls to get the ball down and other blokes sitting on the fence like Daniher did in one game.
“And when I pick up the paper and see that (Michael) Hurley and (Cale) Hooker are dirty on the fact that they didn’t play (Tom) Bellchambers for a farewell game – I just think that’s sad.
“I didn’t think they could beat Melbourne. And what was it going to matter playing Bellchambers anyway if that is what the players wanted?
“They have taken the wrong avenue on quite a few occasions.”
Fordham went on to scald the clubs board members.
“We haven’t heard from our president for months. And I always remember Timmy Watson saying that the fish rots from the head,” he said.
“Paul Brasher has got a big job in front of him.”