However, latest reports suggest Rutten's position with Essendon is safe, for now.
Multiple murmurs had suggested that the Bombers coach had been given his marching orders a game shy of two full seasons with the Dons, with four-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson linked with a stunning switch to the red and black.
A board meeting held on Monday afternoon was stated to spell the end for Rutten, with president Paul Brasher understood to be handing in his resignation and being the first domino to fall.
Brasher's decision to resign reportedly came prior to Sunday's loss to the Power, while fellow board member David Barham is seen as the likely candidate to be named as Essendon's new president.
Fears over Rutten's future were sparked when Brasher's departure was flagged, with the Bombers boss a key backer for Rutten among the club's top brass.
Ben Rutten has been moved on as coach of Essendon, per @3AWNeilMitchell
Daniel Giansiracusa will coach this weekend. pic.twitter.com/bmaLfpVb2H
— 7AFL (@7AFL) August 15, 2022
But suggestions Rutten's coaching stint with Essendon was over began waning amid the Bombers' board meeting in the early hours of the afternoon, with the tide seemingly turning in the former Crow's favour.
While no word from the Bombers, it has been flagged that Rutten is their senior coach, with CEO Xavier Campbell confirming his stance on Monday afternoon.
— Cath Durkin (@CDurkinFOX) August 15, 2022
Ben Rutten was never sacked today.
Rutten to this minute has not been sacked.
I expect Essendon to confirm as much very shortly.
— Tom Browne (@TomBrowne7) August 15, 2022
Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell has just arrived back at Tullamarine after today’s board meeting.
“Ben’s our coach.”
BUT concedes board discussions will continue this week and there will be further “analysis” of the football program.@9NewsMelb
— Ayrton Woolley (@AyrtonWoolley) August 15, 2022
Essendon are expected to release a statement on Monday, while they are yet to confirm Brasher's resignation as well.