McGuire declares war, again
“If we lose Cloke I will have a war chest and will declare war on the world. And first port of call will be Fremantle, don’t worry about that. You think I’m joking don’t you? I’m not joking, I promise you.”
These were the words of Eddie McGuire at Saturday’s presidents lunch before Collingwood versus Fremantle. It was not dissimilar to how he threatened GWS if they made an attempt at Scott Pendlebury a little under a year ago.
In both these circumstances, McGuire has ‘declared war’, as well as threatened to steal each clubs’ young talent. At least in this declaration of war against Fremantle he stopped short of saying he would ‘go feral’ and ‘make it my life’s ambition to run them into the ground’.
Eddie, don’t forget your role. You are the president of a football club, not a list manager, not a recruiting manager. You are not the coach, you are the president. This essentially means you control finances and have a minor say in what players should be maintained/recruited to the club, in which you only really say what salary they should receive.
Maybe consider your premiership ambitions before you decide to go after young players specifically because of revenge, but if you want to recruit Matt De Boer, Michael Barlow and Ryan Crowley to a midfield already consisting of Dane Swan, Scott Pendlebury, Luke Ball, Steele Sidebottom and Dayne Beams, good luck to you.
The fact is whatever shred of likability that McGuire creates while hosting Hot Seat is lost when he makes ridiculous statements like this. It reeks of arrogance and being a sore loser. He is acting like to the kid in the sandbox who screams and stomps if his toy is taken away from him.
All in all that’s what McGuire is sometimes, a big kid who makes a obnoxious fuss whenever something doesn’t go his way. Let’s not forget the ongoing complaints he made about Collingwoods 2012 fixture when they have probably had the easiest run of any team for the past 4-5 years.
It’s having people like McGuire at the forefront of your football club which makes opposition supporters hate them, a stance embraced by Collingwood in their most recent membership campaign slogan It’s us against them.
Let’s hope Fremantle’s senior figures come out and make a statement against McGuire. With any sort of luck Fremantle might declare war back on Collingwood for there poaching of Chris Tarrant after they dumped him there in the first place.
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