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DEFIANT Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has delivered an impassioned spiel on his morning radio program, warning the AFL community that Magpies players and fans will “never give up” and “won’t turn on our own”.
And McGuire has also passionately defended embattled coach Nathan Buckley, saying there is “no better person” to be sitting in the coaching hot seat.
McGuire’s extraordinary rev-up came after Collingwood’s disappointing performances against Essendon on Anzac Day, which saw the Pies go down by 18 points despite having 23 more inside 50s than the Bombers in the match.
The Pies have now slumped to 13th on the ladder with a 1-4 record in a season Buckley said they had to make finals, otherwise “there’s no way” he would keep his job.
But McGuire on Wednesday morning launched to the defence of Buckley on Triple M’s The Hot Breakfast, saying there had been “no greater servant” to the Magpies.
“Every time I’ve looked for Nathan Buckley as a player, as a person, as a coach — he has never let me or the Collingwood Football Club down. Anytime he has been required to step to the line, he steps, and he steps forward before you even ask him too,” McGuire said.
“There has been no greater servant of the Collingwood Football Club. There is no better person to have our club’s future in his hands than Nathan Buckley. He will do whatever is required to the best of his ability.
“Now the results will come and the results will be decided upon and action will be taken because no person, whether it’s the president or the coach or a player or anybody, is bigger than the club.”
Shortly after his passionate defence of Buckley, McGuire responded to Tuesday afternoon’s loss at the MCG.
McGuire said he was “aching” like many Collingwood people at the moment, but said fans would “rally together” and stay “side-by-side”.
Here is the full transcript of McGuire’s emotional spiel.
This is where the DNA of the Collingwood Football Club is all about. I’m not just saying this as a speech or a feel-good or whatever — this is what is inside my marrow, this is what Collingwood is all about
Yeah, they’re all rounding on us at the moment, yeah they are. We are the scum of football at the moment as we were 125 years ago when we were the scum of Victoria in the depths of the Great Depression — and we stood side-by-side. That’s what I expect from our players and our supporters — and we will rally together.
Whether we get the results, time will tell. But I tell you what we won’t do: We’ll never give up, we’ll never dog it, we won’t turn on our own, we won’t decimate people who give to the club day-in, day-out and over 10s of years. We don’t turn on our people, we stand side-by-side.
We don’t get spooked by headlines, we’ don’t get spooked by people who celebrate one day, dance on your grave the next. We know what it’s all about. This is a club that has endured for 125 years, not because we flip flop in the wind when it gets tough.
So we will get stuck into it. We’ll see Geelong on Sunday, MCG, Sunday afternoon — we’ll be right to go and our players will give it our best shot. Geelong are a great club, they might beat us but I tell you what — it will be the spirit of Collingwood that will be tested on Sunday afternoon. I hope like hell that we get up and win.
It was devastating (on Tuesday), but you know what? We played a good team and we played a great club. We got done and we did it in an honourable way.
But no one turned their toes up (on Tuesday), we just got done in the end. So it is, it’s a tough time, I didn’t expect to come out this morning and talk like this, but you know what? You get asked the question and that’s the response, because that’s what it’s all about in footy.
You either stand up or get out. And our time is to stand up now because we owe our supporters. You know what? We really do.
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Originally published as Eddie’s incredible speech for battling Pies