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Former Essendon CEO Ian Robson

FORMER Essendon chief executive Ian Robson is returning to the sports industry with a rival code.

Robson was confirmed as chief executive of A-League powerhouse Melbourne Victory on Thursday afternoon.

At the time of his departure from the Bombers, Robson indicated he would like to remain in sports administration.

He was forced out of Essendon as the first major scalp to fall in the midst of the supplements scandal that rocked the club.

He admitted he had to take responsibility for what went wrong at Windy Hill.

"Accountability rests with me, and I accept that," he said.

But Victory is talking up Robson's credentials.

"We have been through a thorough process, engaging with a number of parties, giving us complete confidence that Ian is both suitable and extremely well qualified for the role," Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro said.

Robson has previously worked in rugby league, and before the Bombers was Hawthorn's chief executive.

“Having spent many years working across other codes, I feel privileged now to have the opportunity to be involved in the world game with a great club like Melbourne Victory," he said.

He begins his new role on August 5.

Matt Thompson is a reporter for AFL Media. Follow him on Twitter @MattThompsonAFL