” Maybe he does that deliberately to try and cover up the truth that there is plainly a discipline issue at Collingwood.”
Someone who instantly called McGuire out on an obvious double-standard when evaluating Sidebottoms off-field concerns was Essendon terrific Matthew Lloyd, who challenged the Magpies president recently.
Lloyd said that while McGuire was excellent for the game, he remained too near the scenario to provide an objective viewpoint on Sidebottom breaking the AFLs procedures.
” I believe Eddie is terrific for footy,” he stated.
” Hes great for the AFL and hes terrific for Collingwood, but in this case I didnt think he might separate himself from Steele Sidebottom and the group he bets.
Sidebottom and De Goeys off-field issues are the current in a long line of troubles for players at the club, but Cornes suggested that the blame for the cultural problems at the club should not be laid solely at the foot of McGuire.
Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes has entered to bat for embattled Collingwood president Eddie McGuire after public criticism surrounding his remarks on the clubs recent spate of off-field issues.
After heading into the season as one of the AFLs premiership favourites, the Magpies have actually been hit both on and off the field, with vice-captain Steele Sidebottoms COVID-19 breaches and star forward Jordan De Goeys sexual assault charge both can be found in the last week.
McGuire has been questioned for his remarks, particularly in the wake of Sidebottoms alcohol-fuelled breach, where he informed Nine News that he was “proud” of the 29-year-old.
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has actually come under fire for his remarks on Steele Sidebottoms ban. (The Age)” Theres no doubt that Eddie made some errors last week, however for him to be responsible for all those off-field concerns is too extreme,” Cornes informed Nines Footy Classified.
” Why does it start with Eddie? In my time of playing, I never had any face-to-face contact with any chairman. Possibly when in my career did a chairman address the group.
” People are desiring people to blame for Collingwoods rap sheet. , if Eddies not there that doesnt indicate these things arent going away.
” It starts with a strong culture in your playing group, a strong coach who wants to clear out the gamers like Nathan Buckley has attempted to do in the past.”
” I went into Wednesday having some compassion for Steele Sidebottom, when I compared his punishment to Lachie Hunters.
” Pretty much the whole football community by Thursday had had a gutful of Steele Sidebottom and Collingwood, and I need to say it was since of Eddies talk about Footy Classified and on Nine News when he said he was happy of him.
Eddie and Lloyd fire up over Sidebottom
Matthew Lloyd has repeatedly contacted Steele Sidebottom to step down as vice-captain of Collingwood (Wayne Ludbey)” I believe Ed was searching for a method to give Steele an out when I wasnt offering Steele an out.
” Hes let his team down, they would have potentially won that video game versus Essendon, so hes simply injure them.”
Footy Classified host Craig Hutchison protected the Collingwood supremo, stating that he had actually been put into a “no-win situation” by his players.
” I have some empathy for him since it was a medical facility handball for him, hes in a no-win situation,” he stated.
” He publicly committed to a position, but he cant be seen to not support his gamer, so he needs to take the public hit. He has had no choice however to look hypocritical.”
Sidebottom still has three matches to serve on his four-match ban, while De Goey is all however certain to miss his sides Round 6 clash versus Hawthorn on Friday night.
Jordan de Goeys sexual assault charge is the most recent in a long line of off-field problems for Collingwood of late (Paul Rovere)” People who love (Collingwood GM of Football) Geoff Walsh are telling me that he and Nathan Buckley are concerned that these efficiencies by Ed could thwart their season,” she said.
” There are concerns being asked at Collingwood this week of the CEO Mark Anderson. Is it time for him to stand up and be a more powerful leader and withstand Ed?
” People in the football community are stating Mark, who has actually been a truly excellent CEO and driven that club truly well behind the scenes, needs to talk to Eddie about this.
Cornes comments came after Footy Classified co-panellist, veteran AFL columnist Caroline Wilson, declared that people within Collingwood were anxious McGuires media remarks would thwart its season.