Collingwood president Eddie McGuire and Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire and Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley DAVID MARIUZ

Eddie McGuire standing by his man Buckley

AFL: 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 was "no better person" to be 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".

News Corp Australia


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