So true. Eddie was a man of power and personality, he put plenty of noses out of joint in the AFL industry and the media. Caroline Wilson has a done a victory lap in her column today.
Have always admired McGuire. Have thought he had the best interests of football and Collingwood at heart. However as my mother in law used to say, it's a long road and things can come back to bite you as you travel it.
I wonder if the players letter the day after had a really telling effect. Seemed they had broken with Eddie after the 'Proud day' comments the day before. To me that had more agency than a group of indigeneous leaders demanding resignation. If found that letter uncomfortable and unnecessary but that is probably me and my outdated views.
Other fans were jealous of him back in the day, he probably went on few years too long in the end but he was a big promoter of football in the professional era and oversaw the transition of a club into a professional sports environment. He was ahead of his time when he started and leaves a dinosaur with old fashioned ideas and a tarnished legacy. He left his club in a better place overall but a bit battered and bruised in the short term.