Eddie McGuire quits art promo.
Eddie McGuire quits art promo.

Eddie doubles down in bizarre exit announcement

Eddie McGuire has stood down as Collingwood president after the disastrous fallout from the club's report into historic racism.

McGuire had announced last year he would finish his tenure as Collingwood president at the end of the 2021 season.

As recently as last week's annual general meeting he had remained steadfast that he would not bow to pressure to call an early end to his Collingwood presidency.

But McGuire will announce at a press conference this afternoon that he will stand down effective immediately.

An open letter from community leaders called on McGuire to move on immediately in the wake of the report, which detailed systemic racism.

"We believe Eddie McGuire has proven himself incapable of leading the Collingwood Football Club through any meaningful transformation. We call on him to step down immediately," the letter read.

"We stand with Heritier Lumumba and his call for Collingwood to acknowledge its failure to prevent him from being subjected to racism by his teammates, as well as the decision by senior club figures, including Eddie McGuire and Nathan Buckley, to punish and discredit him when he spoke up against racism and came forward with his experiences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

McGuire's legacy will include the move to the Holden Centre and revitalisation of the club after he took over as a news reporter and The Footy Show host.

But there have also been a series of gaffes and controversies including his King Kong reference to Adam Goodes that have tarnished his legacy.

 

 

 

 

 

Eddie McGuire speaks at the announcement of the ‘Do Better’ report.
Eddie McGuire speaks at the announcement of the ‘Do Better’ report.

McGuire's tenure ran for over 22 years, elected in October 1998 and dragging the club back to respectability by luring West Coast premiership coach Mick Malthouse to Victoria.

The club turned into a financial powerhouse and McGuire became one of footy's most powerful figures.

Collingwood not only moved into new headquarters and began turning over multi-million dollar profits, they continually pushed for premierships.

Eddie McGuire leaves Collingwood after annnouncing he’s stepped down.
Eddie McGuire leaves Collingwood after annnouncing he’s stepped down.

 

But amid the success there have been continual flashpoints, with McGuire at the centrepiece of Collingwood's coaching succession plan to keep Nathan Buckley at the club.

He moved on premiership coach Mick Malthouse after the 2011 season, with Malthouse adamant he was forced out and McGuire saying he was happy to move on.

He was forced to apologise to Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes after he said he should be used in a promotion for the musical King Kong.

He refused to resign after that 2013 gaffe and the AFL would not punish him.

"It's as simple as this. It was said, and I do not resile from that situation. I've put my foot in it," he said.

"I'm happy to stand here in front of everybody, in front of the country, and say we do not stand for racial vilification. I let myself down because I had a slip of the tongue.

"[But] people don't resign because they make a slip of the tongue. It's as simple as that."

 

 

 

Mason Cox watches Eddie McGuire’s resignation announcement.
Mason Cox watches Eddie McGuire’s resignation announcement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally published as Eddie doubles down in bizarre exit announcement

An emotional McGuire announced he had left his post on Tuesday.
An emotional McGuire announced he had left his post on Tuesday.
Eddie McGuire belts out the Magpies song after a finals win.
Eddie McGuire belts out the Magpies song after a finals win.


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