Bombers shuffle coaches, Harvey finds new role

Mark Harvey is no longer stoppages coach.Credit:Getty Images

Essendon legend Mark Harvey will no longer be the stoppages coach at the club, as the three-time premiership player moves into a broader role at the club.

The club great, who has been an assistant coach at the Bombers since 2015, will move into a dual role in 2021, working in the corporate area as well as the football department.

Harvey confirmed the move to The Age on Tuesday evening and said it was a transition he was looking forward to.

Three-time premiership Cat and former Bomber James Kelly will move into his role at stoppages.

Club sources said Rutten and the coaching group were keen to make the change now, given the team was already out of finals contention.

Rutten will coach the back line this week in the Bombers' final home-and-away match of 2020, against Melbourne.

Former Cat and Bomber Kelly will continue as stoppages coach in 2021 while Rutten and his key tactician Blake Caracella continue to implement and train a new game plan.

Harvey has been an assistant coach at Essendon since 2015, but first coached at the club in 1998, five years after winning his third premiership as a player.

He coached under Kevin Sheedy for eight years before joining Fremantle, where he was eventually made senior coach midway through 2007.

He coached 97 games before being replaced by Ross Lyon after the 2011 season.

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