Collingwood claim sends Eddie into live TV rage

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<p>Eddie McGuire has launched a passionate defence of Collingwood, engaging in a heated debate on live TV as he defended the club&rsquo;s decision-making in recent years.</p>
Eddie McGuire is no longer the boss at Collingwood but that didn't stop him ripping in when someone dared question the club's calls.

Eddie McGuire has launched a passionate defence of Collingwood, engaging in a heated debate on live TV as he defended the club's decision-making in recent years.

The former Magpies president, who stood down earlier this year after a damning report accused them of fostering "systemic racism", took exception to Collingwood's list management being labelled a "debacle" and fired up over suggestions it was in a deep hole because of mistakes made in the past few seasons.

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Addressing the intense pressure on coach Nathan Buckley as the Pies slumped to 1-3 following a 30-point loss to GWS on the weekend, journalist Sam McClure told Footy Classified Collingwood has "so many other issues outside of the control of the senior coach" and said its "list management has been a debacle since five years ago".

Collingwood endured a controversial trade period at the end of last season, losing Adam Treloar, Jaidyn Stephenson and Tom Phillips without gaining anything meaningful in return. It is still having to pay a chunk of Treloar's salary at the Western Bulldogs.

But McGuire pointed to his beloved footy club making the grand final in 2018, the preliminary final in 2019 and beating West Coast in the first week of last year's finals series to claim one of the side's most memorable ever wins as evidence the Pies are hardly the shambles some believe.

McGuire and McClure went head-to-head in a fiery exchange as both men defended their positions.

Here's how it all played out.

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