Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell has released a statement following the recent media speculation surrounding John Worsfold.

“Campbell wanted to be firm the process is ongoing and that a decision had not been reached on the senior coaching position,” the statement reads.

“We have met and had positive discussions with a number of high quality candidates and we continue to do so,” Campbell said.

“We said from the outset that in order to respect the confidentiality and integrity of the selection process we wouldn’t provide a running commentary, but the sub-committee felt it was necessary to provide an update in light of ongoing media speculation which is incorrect and misinformed.

“There has been no offer tabled, informally or formally, to any candidate for the senior coaching position at the Club.

“We are currently midway through the process and the sub-committee firmly believe we have a number of quality candidates that could coach the Essendon Football Club.

“We will take the appropriate time necessary to make sure we select the best person to coach the Club next season and beyond.

“The Club anticipates a decision on the successful candidate will be made in October.”