Peter Murphy insists he won’t be Collingwood president

Korda announced last week that he intended to leave the board at the end of his term at the end of next year but would remain president until then.

The Collingwood board was aware Korda was going to make that statement but met as a board for the first time since then on Wednesday.

The idea of presidential succession was raised and whether it was best for Korda to seek to remain as president through next year.

Given the challenge from Browne, it was discussed whether the best person to take over would be Browne, whether Korda should remain, or whether a third candidate would offer a peaceful alternative. Korda suggested that a third option could or should be for Murphy to take over and several other board members supported that idea. Murphy said no.

“Mark, to his credit, has been very open and honest that he is a transition president. Jeff (Browne) is an option (to be president next year) but maybe a third option is that in the interests of the Collingwood Football Club, Mark and Jeff could say let’s unite behind this other person instead. But I am not going to be that third option. It will not be me. It just will not be me.

“We know we had a poor season on the field we know that and we are not happy about that – no one is happy about that – but we are making so many great decisions for the club: Craig McRae, Justin Leppitsch, Brendon Bolton, Graham Wright – what great appointments and there are more coming.

″⁣We are financially very strong. The club is managing and running very well but for some reason Francis Galbally particularly wants to destabilise Collingwood. I don’t know why.

“All the commentary in the media has come from people trying to destabilise the club, so it is hard to see anything other than personal ambition as the motivation. When I read things like me positioning to become the next president, I am not. I don’t think the question is who wants to be president, it should be who should be the president of the Collingwood Football Club? What type of person do we need? Not who wants it but who do we want? Who do we need?”


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