Essendon chairman Paul Little has suggested the club got it wrong by self-reporting their supplements crisis to the AFL.
As ASADA continue their investigation of the Bombers’ 2011-12 supplements program, Little said the club gave away too much control of how the process unfolded.
The scandal went public in February last year, when then Essendon chairman David Evans, chief executive Ian Robson and coach James Hird fronted the media.
They announced the AFL and ASADA would start a joint investigation of the supplements program.
The AFL hit the club with massive penalties last August, but the ASADA probe is ongoing.
“I have this view that maybe self-reporting didn’t work all that well for us,” Little told Triple M on Friday.
“We gave away all of our leverage.
“We gave away all of our own rights to control a situation.”
Little acknowledged that self-reporting meant various authorities had unfettered access to people within the club.
“(But) I just think it perhaps could have overly-complicated a process that didn’t need to be quite that complicated,” he said.
Little took over as chairman in August last year after Evans’ sudden resignation because of health problems.
Robson resigned over the scandal and Hird is serving a 12-month suspension as part of the AFL penalties.
Little said the Bombers accepted the AFL punishment, where the club was kicked out of last year’s finals.
“We accept we were guilty of some of the lesser charges … and we’ve copped that penalty,” he said.
“But in any situation, you’ve got to retain some sort of control over your own destiny.”
Little also said the Bombers are hopeful interim coach Mark Thompson will stay once Hird returns at the end of this season.
He said the decision is entirely Thompson’s and they will discuss it when the time is right.
Essendon also hope to announce their new permanent chief executive by June 30.
Little said interim chief operating officer Xavier Campbell would be a very strong candidate for the job.