Essendon are unlikely to have an interim AFL coach in place before Wednesday's club best-and-fairest function.

The Bombers have also announced a temporary football department restructure, with football manager Danny Corcoran about to start his four-month AFL suspension.

Club chief executive Ray Gunston will oversee the football department while Corcoran serves the ban for his part in the Bombers' supplements crisis.

Corcoran's suspension starts on Tuesday.

Senior coach James Hird has already started a 12-month ban.

"The process of appointing our senior coach for the 2014 season is progressing well," Gunston said.

"It's important the selection committee continue to work through the process to ensure the best person for the role is appointed.

"At this stage, it is unlikely we will be in a position to make the announcement at the best and fairest on Wednesday night.

"But we look forward to making an announcement as soon as possible."

The Bombers announced the football department changes ahead of the trade period.

Football operations manager Steve Alessio and recruiting manager Adrian Dodoro will share Corcoran's day-to-day responsibilities.

"This structure provides the football department with the necessary framework to make important decisions for the future of the Club during the upcoming free agency, trade and draft periods," Gunston said.

"Steven will look after all administrative, planning and operational matters while Adrian will look after player contracts, list management and draft preparations.

"I will act as the football representative from the executive and oversee all matters relating to the football department."

Gunston also confirmed that strength coach Suki Hobson had resigned from the Bombers.

Meanwhile, the club has announced young defender Alex Browne has re-signed for next season.

Hird's 2013 assistant coach Mark Thompson, who claimed premierships as senior coach at Geelong in 2007 and 2009, says he's available to coach the Bombers next year if required.

"I said that I'd help in any way," Thompson told Fox Footy's AFL 360 program.

"If they want to go down a different track that's fine.

"If they want me to coach I'd seriously consider it.

"I've got no answers for you. They know what I'm capable of.

"They know where they want to go."

 

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