Jeffrey Browne’s campaign to take the club’s presidency would be a step backwards for a club headed in the right direction.
Eddie McGuire and lawyer-turned-corporate-heavyweight Jeffrey Browne have been great mates for 30 years. They’re both Collingwood nuts and Browne used to help manage McGuire, negotiating some of his early media contracts. They are so close that Browne is godfather to one of Eddie’s sons.
So it is passing strange that Browne is suddenly running an intense media campaign to pressure Mark Korda to hand over the Collingwood presidency just weeks after Australia’s leading insolvency figure replaced McGuire in the top job.
From a governance point of view, Korda is not a long-term solution for Collingwood given that he has been on the board for 14 years, although McGuire did rule the roost for 23 years. However, Browne is certainly not a good short-term solution if the game plan is to close the book on the rollercoaster McGuire era.
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