Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd has admitted that Bombers coach John Worsfold is running out of time after a slow start to the season.
Pressure from the Bombers' fan base hit fever after two apologetic performances from Worsfold's team to open the season, and Lloyd said the veteran coach should turn the tide as soon as possible.
"I think questions need to be asked when you're playing the way you are," Lloyd said. Footy Classified.
"10 of the last 14 years have bought John some time, but time is running out in a way because of the way Essendon played in the last two weeks, what I'm going to say is that it's 0-2. can change quickly.
"They are lacking in confidence, they are lacking in direction, this is a group of inexperienced leadership, without trust and belief, they are out of shape."
Worsfold has been criticized for his calm demeanor after the two Bombers defeats, and Lloyd has asked him to shoot his players before a decisive clash against Melbourne in the third round.
"Players have a lot of power in today's game," said Lloyd.
"We say deliver the power to the players.This is a week when John Worsfold needs to come in and go:" Personally, I gave them an opportunity, you did not deliver anything in the first two rounds.
What Lloyd would change at Essendon
"That's what we're going to do this week: Max Gawn, let's hunt as a team this week. James Harmes goes to Zach Merrett, we'll torment James Harmes and give him the hardest night of his life.
"They're slow, Melbourne Football Club, if we combine with them in and face our lives, we'll make them look silly." (Jack) Viney, (Nathan) Jones, (Max) Gawn, (Christian) Petracca are unfit for me, we will cast them out of their legs.
"This is the kind of language I would be talking to with these players and getting it out of their hands, because that's what I think they're craving at the moment."
The Friday night clash between the two teams appears as one that could be a decisive season for both teams who were led to climb the ladder occupying the last two places of the ladder.