Former long-time Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon stated McGuire had made “far and away” crucial contribution to the sport of any membership president within the sport’s historical past.
“Along with that he’s at all times proven management to the competitors as an entire,” he stated.
“That management has been most evident to me when he took the noble step of agreeing to the aggressive steadiness reforms of 2014, which led to the equal competitors that Australian guidelines soccer is.
“It’s one factor for the president of a struggling membership to advocate in our favour. It took somebody of Eddie’s management, who was within the richer camp, to see the broader curiosity of the sport.”
Gordon additionally lauded McGuire’s efforts to maintain the 2020 AFL season on monitor regardless of the challenges posed by COVID-19, including that he had executed in depth work within the space of social inclusion.
“I’m proud to call him as a buddy. I’m horrified by the best way he’s been handled within the final two weeks. And it’s my hope that in time, historical past will describe him within the phrases he deserves,” he stated.
Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett described McGuire’s resignation as a “travesty of justice” and hoped that an ongoing function may very well be discovered for him within the sport.
“He has been pressured to resign due to a second of time when 20 years of group work assist for the underprivileged and work inside the Collingwood Soccer Membership has been neglected,” he stated.
“There might be lots of people tonight who might be asking themselves what’s the price of this assault on a person who has for 20 years served group in a manner the overwhelming majority couldn’t even examine.”
Magpies legend Tony Shaw, a premiership captain and former coach, described McGuire’s achievements as “superb” after taking over the function in 1998 as a 34-year-old when the membership was at one in all its lowest ebbs.
“We have been practically three million in debt, we’re now one of the crucial financially profitable golf equipment within the league,” he stated.
“It’s a tragic day for the sport, a tragic day for Collingwood.”
McGuire’s resignation got here after a gaggle of Indigenous group leaders, politicians and a former AFL participant despatched an open letter to Collingwood over its “insulting and unacceptable” response to the Do Higher report.
Victorian Greens senator Lidia Thorpe, a Gunnai-Gunditjmara lady and signatory to the letter, welcomed McGuire’s choice to face down.
“This can be a good day. It was not going to be potential for the Collingwood Soccer Membership to take care of its systemic racism with Eddie as president,” she stated.
“I’m glad he’s had the self consciousness to step down and I hope he’ll replicate and educate himself extra on what his function has been on this long-term saga.
“I hope the individuals who suffered from ongoing and entrenched racism can really feel some comfort at this time.”
Labor MP Anne Aly, one other signatory, stated that she hoped McGuire leaving would result in cultural change at Collingwood, relatively than a manner of ignoring the issue.
“You’ll be able to’t take care of systemic racism by focusing on people, or by shifting the main focus from systemic racism to particular person racism — you even have to vary the system, change the tradition,” she stated.
“If altering the chief is a step in the direction of that, then sure. But when not, then it’s a distancing train from coping with the institutionalised racism.”
Sydney chairman Andrew Pridham, who has had an at-times adversarial relationship with McGuire whereas additionally working with him intently throughout the COVID-19 affected 2020 season, was broadly complimentary of McGuire.
“You’ll be able to’t ignore the stuff-ups, however you’ve acquired to place it in perspective of contribution and time in function. And there are going to be instances once you get issues unsuitable, and generally you get issues very unsuitable,” Pridham stated.
“However I believe when you look objectively about his contribution to Collingwood, he’s a significant determine in that membership’s historical past. Definitely, financially, Collingwood’s a a lot better membership for him being there.”
“Eddie’s executed an incredible variety of issues for Collingwood. And I believe you’d be a really unkind and unfair individual to not acknowledge that.”
However Pridham acknowledged that McGuire’s gaffes contributed to his eventual downfall.
“Everybody, and he, has to replicate on what’s led to this, it could possibly’t be ignored,” he stated.
Former cheer squad president Joffa Corfe, identified for sporting his gold jacket at Collingwood video games, heaped reward on McGuire’s tenure.
“His impression on the Collingwood Soccer Membership has been large – if not for Eddie we would not be in existence,” he stated.
“The 2010 was premiership was his work – the gamers gained the flag, however behind the scenes it was all Eddie’s premiership.”
Earlier than McGuire’s resignation, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews once more threw his assist behind McGuire, saying he believed the Collingwood President was “equal to the duty” of reforming the membership’s tradition.
“You don’t run from challenges, you do every little thing you may to be equal to them. You don’t run from issues, you’re employed your guts out to try to repair them,” he stated.
Tom Cowie is a journalist at The Age protecting normal information.
Daniel is an Age sports activities reporter
David Estcourt is a courtroom and normal information reporter at The Age.