NEGOTIATIONS between Essendon, club officials and the AFL will continue today after a day of talks yesterday concluded with no resolution.
Lawyer for coach James Hird, Julian Burnside, spoke to reporters outside AFL House last night, saying the talks would continue.
``We're starting up tomorrow morning again at 10,'' he said.
Hird, Dons chairman Paul Little, chief executive Ray Gunston, football manager Danny Corcoran, senior assistant Mark Thompson and veteran club doctor Bruce Reid were locked in talks with the AFL Commission for much yesterday.
Reid, Corcoran and Thompson left AFL House around 7pm.
Reid and his legal team walked out without comment, while Corcoran left soon after and was swamped by the media throng as he left.
When asked for comment he started talking in French as he walked away.
It is understood he said, ``I can't speak with you because I've been told not to''.
Thompson told Fox Footy's AFL 360 last night that his personal case was ``nowhere near'' to being resolved, and indicated that Essendon's talks with the commission were not close to a resolution either.
Thompson said that talks with separate parties were held in different rooms.
He said that he and his lawyers had been locked away from 1pm to about 6pm, but personally met with the commission for just five minutes, twice, to ask for more time.
He also said that the club was fighting to get as many AFL charges struck off as possible.
He defended himself and the club.
Essendon officials started arriving for the hearing before 2pm yesterday, but the commission meeting began at 8am.
The commission is hearing a series of charges against Essendon, Reid, Hird, Thompson and Corcoran.
The charges relate to the controversial 2012 supplements program at the club.
It is expected that Essendon will be stripped of its premiership points and is likely to lose draft picks.
Heavy fines and possible suspension for key figures in the scandal, including Hird, are also among the options being canvassed.
There has been speculation that Reid will resign from his part-time role at the club, which he has held for more than two decades.
Reid is determined to clear his professional name over the scandal.
Little and Hird conceded on Saturday that punishment was likely, but the main sticking point is understood to be an unwillingness to accept any suggestion they are drug cheats.
The Bombers have been under investigation by the Australian Sport Anti-Doping Authority and the AFL since February.
An interim report was presented to the AFL earlier this month, with sanctions set to be based on that while the ASADA investigation remains ongoing.
Hird has filed a separate Supreme Court writ against the AFL that remains alive.
Earlier yesterday, arriving at Windy Hill about 10am, Hird told reporters he didn't envisage stepping down this week.