Controversial figure goes public with Collingwood takeover bid

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The Magpies are battling a torrid season on-field amid a background of off-field upheaval since the departure of former club president Eddie McGuire. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
The Magpies are battling a torrid season on-field amid a background of off-field upheaval since the departure of former club president Eddie McGuire. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The rolling saga surrounding the presidency of the Collingwood Football Club has taken yet another turn since Eddie McGuire announced he would step down from the position in February.

The Magpies have been battling off-field unrest amid a background of on-field disappointment, with the team slipping to 2-9 after a round 11 loss to Geelong.

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Longtime board member Mark Korda took over the presidency in April in the wake of McGuire's exit, but is facing a strong challenge from former Channel 9 football boss Jeff Browne for the job.

Browne, 66, wants to replace Korda as president and install three allies on the club's seven-member board, telling News Corp he will approach Korda in an attempt to negotiate a peaceful handover.

If that offer is rejected Browne will wait for members to force a spill of the board at an extraordinary general meeting.

Magpies member David Hatley has already collected enough signatures to do so.

"Collingwood is a great club and strong and united leadership is critical if we are to move beyond our current malaise," Browne said.

"There is a growing wave of support from members for change and this change must begin with a refresh at board level."

A close friend of former president McGuire, Browne says he is hoping to negotiate with Korda 'in good faith', with a further goal of filling four vacant positions on the board.

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Browne recently approached Korda to put himself forward for one of the vacant board positions, but was rejected.

"The four new positions would include myself and three other high-quality candidates chosen specifically to provide the best overall mix and blend of skills and diversity," Browne said.

"I would seek the endorsement of the new board to become the chairman and president."

Browne is the chairman of investment bank Moelis Australia and is a close friend of former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire.

After 23 years at the helm, McGuire stepped down in February following significant backlash to the club's handling of the release of the Do Better report.

Browne also has support from high-profile former Magpies players Craig Kelly and Peter Moore.

Magpies' Grundy out for up to three weeks

Struggling Collingwood will be without star ruckman Brodie Grundy for up to three weeks due to a pinched nerve in his neck.

The Magpies big man was subbed off during Saturday's 10-point defeat against Geelong after hurting himself in a contest with Rhys Stanley during the third quarter.

Collingwood on Monday ruled Grundy out for "two to three weeks" and will await more advice from a specialist about the whiplash incident.

Grundy was cleared of major damage after being taken to the Epworth Hospital for assessment following the incident at the MCG.

Brodie Grundy is set to be sidelined for the next three weeks. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Brodie Grundy is set to be sidelined for the next three weeks. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

It ends a run of 81-straight games for the dual All-Australian, who last missed a match back in 2017.

Vice-captain Taylor Adams has also been ruled out for up to three weeks after suffering a fresh injury in his comeback match against Port Adelaide in round 10.

The star midfielder had sat out five matches after hurting his knee against GWS in April.

The Magpies say this knee injury is unrelated to the previous issues he experienced earlier this season.

But in better news for the Magpies (2-9), dynamite forward Jamie Elliott will be available to play in this weekend's clash with Adelaide.

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