'I've heard so many words': Furious Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd unleashes on under-performing club

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Furious Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd has declared that it is time for his beloved club to stop making excuses and to focus on building a successful on-field product.

Lloyd, like many Essendon fans, was left at a loss for words after yet another listless performance against Geelong, the type of performance that has become all too familiar of late.

After starting out the season winning five of its first seven games, Essendon has managed just two wins, both against teams below them in Adelaide and Hawthorn.

While the messaging from Essendon CEO Xavier Campell and senior coach John Worsfold has been about patience and building towards the future, Lloyd says enough is enough.

"I've heard so many things from Xavier and the football club over so long," a visibly frustrated Lloyd told Nine's Footy Classified.

It has been another failed season for one of the AFL's most well-supported clubs (Getty)

"I made some strong comments about their culture at the start of the year.

"They've never rang me about any of my comments, but I copped a phone call about that questioning where it was at and I said, 'The proof is in the pudding, guys. I only speak about what I see', and they said, 'We're turning things around', and I said, 'Well, I look forward to seeing it'.

"That's all good and well, but I've heard so many words, so have Essendon members and fans who are passionate about this club, who haven't seen a finals win for 15 years, but they're all words until you can show it out on the footy field.

"I think they've got to take a good look at themselves in the administration, Xavier and the board."

Under Campbell and Worsfold's leadership, Essendon has been able to recover off the field after the disastrous financial impact brought about from the supplements scandal.

However, in doing so, Lloyd believes that the club has lost focus on the main business: winning football matches.

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