Essendon Bombers chief executive Andrew Thorburn resigns a day after being appointed

Essendon chief executive Andrew Thorburn has sensationally resigned just a day after he was appointed into the position.

Thorburn, the former boss of NAB and Bank of NZ, took over the position on Monday, a move which was panned after it was revealed he was the chair of the City on a Hill – a faith movement that has a strong stance against abortion and homosexuality.

In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, president Dave Barham said the Bombers said they gave Thorburn a choice to either stay involved with the church or keep his job at Essendon.

“As soon as the comments relating to a 2013 sermon from a pastor, at the City of the Hill church came to light this morning, we acted immediately to clarify the publicly espoused views on the organisation’s official website, which are in direct contradiction to our values as a club,” the club said in a statement.

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