Shocking pic exposed in Collingwood coup

The Collingwood boardroom civil war has taken another twist with a prickly photo that is not what many concerned fans think it is.

The Collingwood boardroom civil war has taken another twist with a shocking photo emerging within the swirling crisis.

The club is reportedly split at the very top following the power vacuum left behind by former president Eddie McGuire’s resignation in February.

It emerged on Wednesday McGuire’s successor Mark Korda is reportedly already facing the prospect of a boardroom coup, despite only assuming the role last month.

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The messy situation continued to spiral on Wednesday when a photo of new director Bridie O’Donnell surfaced showing her proudly sporting a Western Bulldogs jumper.

O’Donnell was parachuted onto the board on Tuesday night after billionaire businessman and Collingwood vice-president Alex Waislitz announced his immediate resignation.

The 47-year-old former professional cyclist on Wednesday defended the photo and told Collingwood supporters the picture is not what it looks like.

“I’ve been a fan of all of the AFLW clubs from when I moved down here,” she told 3AW radio.

“I was absolutely intent on making sure I could support women’s sport — I was working as the inaugural director of the office of women’s sport and recreation — but make no mistake, like I’m not divided in my loyalty.

“I’m a fan, I’m a member and I’m loving Collingwood.”

She said she has only been a Collingwood Football Club member for 15 months, signing up before the start of the 2020 AFL season.

The Herald Sun reported Wednesday, there are fresh doubts about O’Donnell’s eligibility to serve on the board as a result of only having membership status for less than two years.

It is yet another twist in the Collingwood power struggle. It took another dramatic turn on Wednesday afternoon when it was reported Browne is moving to collect signatures from members at Collingwood’s Round 10 clash with Port Adelaide at the MCG.

The Age reports the AGM would open the door for a leadership spill.

There is little going right on the field this season as the Magpies languish in 16th with two wins and seven losses as part of a shocking start to the season, putting coach Nathan Buckley under a mountain of pressure.

McGuire quit in February after 23 years at the helm amid the fallout of the “Do Better’” report into “systemic racism” at Collingwood, having earlier revealed he intended to step down at the end of the 2021 season

Korda has served on the Magpies board since 2007 and was appointed co-president alongside Peter Murphy when McGuire resigned, before claiming the top job for himself.

But since Korda’s appointment, there has been talk former Channel 9 boss and McGuire’s close friend Jeff Browne wants to take over as Magpies president.

Korda said on Wednesday he has spoken to Browne in broad terms about Collingwood, saying “he understands coups aren’t in the best interests of football clubs either”.

“I haven’t talked to him (Eddie) on that topic (Browne’s coup). Eddie’s on the record (saying) that coups aren’t good for clubs,” Korda said.

Earlier this week, The Age’s Caroline Wilson penned a story claiming Korda “will be forced within weeks to choose between stepping aside for Browne’s ticket along with at least three of his fellow directors or taking on Browne following a spill of all board positions at an extraordinary general meeting”.

Wilson added a potential power grab would happen sooner rather than later.

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