Western Bulldogs champion Brad Johnson believes Essendon shouldn't receive another Friday night game for at least another few years.
Despite their popularity among fans and they're expectant rise up the ladder next season when they receive their banned players back next season, Johnson says that they've had their chance.
Starting the round with Essendon at the moment is not the right way to go about it and I think the AFL will look at that closely,” Johnson said on RSN Sports Radio
“For the next couple of years, I don’t think they will get a Friday night game.
“They had a chance there ... they’ve got a young side, a developing side.
“They get some stars back next year no question, but I think from that performance, that’s just hurt them for Friday nights for a couple of years.
“You’ve got sides that are going a lot better than Essendon are at the moment that can’t get a Friday night game.
“They’ve got a big supporter base and all that sort of stuff, but at the end of the day, if you’re not performing, you don’t get Friday night footy.”
Former Bomber Paul Chapman agreed with Johnson saying that the club "at the moment" are struggling as the year progresses.
“If you don’t have the personnel, it’s hard,” Chapman said.
“I think they’re having a crack. When they go in forward, they haven’t really got much of a forwardline, have they? There’s a lot of pressure on a young man in Joe Daniher to perform.
“It’s frustrating and I feel for the boys. They look really tired at the moment. It’s difficult to keep backing up and copping what they’re copping.”