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McGuire: I almost quit

  • McGuire: I almost quit

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Eddie McGuire, Collingwood Football Club President watches the Magpies leave the field after losing the round seven AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Carlton Blues at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 7, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

It has been revealed that Collingwood president Eddie McGuire was on the brink of quitting as the head honcho of the under fire club, after their 15 point loss to Carlton.

McGuire spent a long time thinking about it after the loss to the Blues on Saturday afternoon but said that his two sons, saved him from throwing in the towel.

"I was actually in the rooms - I haven't been that laid low from the footy for a long, long time. I was completely shattered as were our supporters who were giving me their honest and frank opinion," McGuire said.

"You question yourself. You have done this for 18 years, can you go through it again? Have you got any more ideas and I look at myself and I go - a lot of the things that I brought to Collingwood when I first came in, have been taken away from me now with equalisation.

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"I don't know if I could impact on the club - I question myself ... and you agonise and you are standing there and your family is around and you look across at people who are killing themselves, the players, the coaches, all those people, and you do, you go away, you drive away and you have a tear in your eye. Is it frustration - what do you do?

"Then my wife told me on Sunday morning, my two boys - I had to do Fox Footy - my two boys had got home and one was going to see the Bulldogs game that night, they are mad on the footy, and the other, Xander, was going down to a mate's place. Mum said: 'C'mon, put some gear on', and both of them refused to take their (Collingwood) jumpers off.

"They said: 'No, this is the tough time', and they got me on Sunday and gave me the pointy pointy and said: 'We don't quit. This is it. We have to tough it out'.

"It was the best thing in my life I have ever had from them."

Collingwood will travel to Brisbane this weekend to take on the Lions as they look to break their poor start to the season.

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