Former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says the furore surrounding its ugly board stoush has left him “cut to the core” and the membership “look like a laughing stock”.
It comes after reviews emerged final week that legal professionals – led by Francis Galbally – representing a bunch of disgruntled members pushing for an EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) lodged a criticism to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
Magpies president Mark Korda hit again by accusing challenger Jeff Browne and his supporters of bullying, “smears” and a way of “entitlement,” defending the membership’s resolution to not hand over membership particulars of these making an attempt to set off an EGM.
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Speaking on Channel 9’s Footy Classified on Wednesday evening, a livid McGuire – who has thus far stored out of the bitter face off – known as for Korda and Browne to satisfy up and focus on the perfect pursuits of the membership to keep away from an EGM.
“There has been some things that I have been very dismayed about in the process to this particular moment in time,” he advised Nine‘s Footy Classified.
“The first thing is that whole EGM nonsense, it was just a debacle and an embarrassment to the Collingwood Football Club.
“And people running around threatening to go to ASIC just cuts me to the core that anyone who would say they‘re a Collingwood supporter would go to ASIC or go to the law before you sort it out at the Collingwood Football Club like we’ve been able to do for the best part of a quarter of a century.
“I can see this going on and on and on unless something happens and it‘s time for people who have the love of Collingwood as their main mantra to now step up.”
McGuire – the longstanding Magpies president for 23 years – outlined a street map again for board stability on the membership.
“The first thing I want is I want Jeff Browne to pull the pin on any EGM. I don‘t want an EGM at the Collingwood Football Club, (I want) the AGM to go ahead in December but with a twist,” he stated.
“It‘s made us look like a laughing stock.
“The reason why we have the best sponsors and things is because we‘re a professional outfit that doesn’t carry on.”
McGuire known as for the membership to convey Browne – who he’s shut pals with – into the choice course of for its subsequent senior coach as a “peace plan” to make sure he has the backing of each presidency candidates.
He additionally requested Collingwood appoint an impartial electoral officer ombudsman to miss an impending election.
“I’m starting to hear shenanigans happening around the place of stacking and branching and threatening and all this other routine that I thought I had exterminated out of Collingwood 23 years ago,” McGuire stated.
“The solely factor that‘ll bring me back to the fray is if I see people vandalising the Collingwood Football Club going forward.
“I want an independent electoral officer and an ombudsman appointed from this moment on and a line of sight on how this election is going to be called and what‘s going to happen, whether it’s an EGM or an AGM.
“Let’s do it correctly, I would like us to remain out of the courts. I wish to cease individuals going to the media who’re Collingwood haters and getting them to sew our membership up and make us appear like a laughing inventory, we‘re all sick of it.”
Lastly, McGuire wants to see both Korda and Browne publicly outline their future vision of the club instead of “people snipping around on the outside,” saying “the only objective now is the best for Collingwood”.
“I want a battle of ideas, I don‘t want people snipping around on the outside. I want the incumbent board to tell me what the future of this football club is all about and I want Jeff Browne to step up and tell us what his idea of a future is. A sophisticated process for sophisticated people for a sophisticated football club.
“There have been too many lunatics running around the fringes in the last six months and we‘re not copping it anymore.
“The only objective now is the best for Collingwood, it worked for 23 years. And that‘s not having a crack at any person individually, it’s simply gotten out of practice, now let’s pull it collectively, look ahead to the longer term.”