Eddie McGuire ‘cut to the core’ by Collingwood presidential battle, Mark Korda, Jeff Browne

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A furious Eddie McGuire says he has been “cut to the core” by the behaviours of individuals at Collingwood who have been involved in the ugly boardroom struggle since his exit in February.

The long-time president, who has opted to stay silent on the battle between current president Mark Korda and the challenger to the position, Jeff Browne, urged the two men to get together and put the best interests of the club forward.

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McGuire has constantly spoken about the need to avoid an extraordinary general meeting at the club over the presidency battle, and once again urged Browne to “pull the pin” on any EGM plans.

“There has been some things that I have been very dismayed about in the process to this particular moment in time,” he told 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.”

“It’s made us look like a laughing stock,” he added.

“I don’t want an EGM at the Collingwood Football Club, [I want] the AGM to go ahead in December but with a twist.

“The reason why we have the best sponsors and things is because we’re a professional outfit that doesn’t carry on.”

With the club still without a coach for next season after the resignation of Nathan Buckley, McGuire urged the current board to bring Browne in on the selection process in a “peace plan”, so that Buckley’s long-term successor would know they would have the support of whoever is in charge next season.

McGuire called for an independent electoral officer or ombudsman to ensure that the election process for the club’s next president occurs without any hiccups, urging both Korda and Browne to outline what their respective plans for the club are.

“I’m starting to hear shenanigans happening in 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,” he said.

“The only thing 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.

“I want to stop people going to the media who are Collingwood haters and getting them to stitch our club up and make us look like a laughing stock, we’re all sick of it.

“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 just gotten out of shape, now let’s pull it together, look forward to the future.”

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