AFL bombshell as emotional Eddie McGuire announces he will step down as President of Collingwood after more than two decades at the helm
An emotional Collingwood Magpies AFL chief Eddie McGuire has announced that he will step down from his position at the end of next season after 23 years in the senior role.
He suppressed tears as he revealed the shock news at the club’s annual membership forum on Monday night.
It is believed that only his wife and sons knew of McGuire’s announcement beforehand.
“In 1998 it was time to stand up for our beloved Collingwood instead of asking others to do something for our club. You turned my way around and I’m proud of my response,” said McGuire.
‘I’ve given everything I have for this position and now it’s time for the club. I will be stepping down at the end of next year and spending the rest of my time as president starting a new era for Collingwood.
Eddie McGuire will step down as Collingwood Magpies at the end of the 2021 season
‘I have pledged to sponsors, governments and many people that I will remain at the top in 2021, with the responsibility of making our club a smooth transition and a springboard into the future in its leadership position.
“I had planned to make this announcement by the end of the year, but COVID paid for many finalized plans in connection with changing the direction of my media life and timing of my son’s graduation. The time was right and the future strong for our club so that I can make this call. ‘
McGuire will end at the end of the 2021 season to allow his successor to transition smoothly.
“So I’m not going to hand in hospital handball, so I’m making this announcement tonight to get prospects or more to the point we’re interested in, time to get their affairs in order, and for me and my board to have the opportunity to enable a Barack Obama-style transition instead of a Donald Trump experience, ”added McGuire.
‘The club is in great shape, we’re developing and pushing ourselves forward. I can assure you this will not be my parting farewell tour. I am keen to push reform, keep building this club and win the Premier League in 2021. ‘
The bombshell comes after a tumultuous 2020 for McGuire, which came under pressure from Mapgies fans to step down following Adam Treloar’s recent trading saga.
McGuire also mourned his mother Bridie, 94, in August.
The Millionaire Hot Seat host recently retired from the Triple Hot program The Hot Breakfast after 11 years on the air.
The 56-year-old became President of Collingwood on his 34th birthday in 1998 and has been at the helm ever since.
The Magpies lost four major AFL finals during that time and broke a 30-year drought to win a Premier League in 2010.