Following Collingwood’s loss to Melbourne on Saturday, President Eddie McGuire said a new coaching succession plan was now in place.
“I pulled Nathan in and told him what a wonderful job he was doing but that the club need a process in place for succession,” said Mr McGuire.
“As a result, I’m excited to announce that in 2016, Eddie McGuire will become the new senior coach of the Collingwood Football Club.”
The new senior coach nominee said he was ‘deeply honoured’ to be appointed.
“I’d like to begin by thanking Club President Eddie McGuire for bestowing such an honour on me. Eddie is Collingwood’s greatest ever President and I look forward to working closely with him,” said Coach McGuire.
“Being the senior coach of Collingwood is a dream come true. I’ve loved this club since I was a little boy and that love has continued as I became its President.”
President McGuire said Coach McGuire bought a range of skills to the position, the most important of which was ‘being Eddie McGuire.’
“Eddie will be a great senior coach, I’ve got no doubt about that,” said President Eddie.
“We can rebuild through the rest of this season, then Bucks is out and Ed’s in to take us to a Premiership.”
The Collingwood Football Club said despite the move, Eddie McGuire would still remain President of Collingwood, for life.
Current coach Nathan Buckley issued a statement saying he had ‘honestly no idea what to make of the situation.’
This post originally appeared in Inside Football