Magpies president Korda to quit in 2022

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Collingwood president Mark Korda has announced he will quit his role at the end of next season and leave the board of the AFL club.

Korda took over in February after the departure of Eddie McGuire, who resigned after 22 years in charge following his bungled handling of the 'Do Better' report into racism.

The Magpies have endured a rocky 12 months full of chaos and instability but pulled off the popular appointment of new coach Craig McRae as replacement for Nathan Buckley.

Korda's tenure has been far from smooth, contending with the threat of board challenges and member-led emergency general meetings.

Former AFL legal adviser, and close friend of McGuire, Jeff Browne has made no secret of his desire to roll Korda as Collingwood's president.

But in a letter to Collingwood members on Thursday night, Korda outlined his plan to leave the board.

"I have informed the Collingwood board of my intention to step down as a director at the end of my elected term, the end of the 2022 season," Korda wrote.

"My role as president has been to see Collingwood settle, transition and reposition itself on and off the field in the wake of the departure in February of long-time president Eddie McGuire," Korda wrote.

"With a relatively new board in place at the time, it was important to provide continuity between one age and the next.

"By the end of next season the energy of a diverse and progressive board will be ready to take further a transformation that is already underway."

Korda also announced he intends to set a limit of nine years for board members and a maximum tenure of six years for Collingwood presidents.

Collingwood's general meeting has been moved forward from February to December to deal with any disgruntled members but Korda's staggered exit could extinguish any threat of fiery challenges.

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