Former Collingwood player Paul Tuddenham has thrown his support behind Jeff Browne’s bid for the Magpies’ presidency, although he says his endorsement is a personal one rather than one made in his role as current president of the club’s past players’ association.
Browne has declared his desire to become Magpies’ president via a handover from current president Mark Korda, with Browne wanting three of of his own people to join three current members to form a new board with him as president.
Jeff Browne’s presidency bid has received the backing of a prominent past player.Credit:Getty Images
Tuddenham told The Age he had not been asked to be part of Browne’s ticket to take control of the board but indicated he would be open to considering an approach to be part of the club’s board under the right circumstances, however it would depend on its make-up and the role.
Tuddenham, who played 40 games with Collingwood between 1987 and 1991, said he had not arrived at his personal position overnight, but after reflecting on what was best for the club and after conversations with former teammate Craig Kelly, who is also the manager of current Magpies coach Nathan Buckley.
Paul Tuddenham in his playing days.Credit:The Age
“Paul Tuddenham, the individual, does support Jeff Browne as the president,” Tuddenham said.
“I respect Craig Kelly’s view immensely when it comes to football-related matters. He and I have discussed this issue and we are aligned in that view that Browne will be able to make a significant contribution to the club and there is an opportunity now for a refresh and to introduce some new personnel and new ideas, and address some of the issues that currently exist.”
Tuddenham’s family is steeped in Magpies tradition, with his father Des a former captain and one of the club’s greatest ever players.
Browne revealed he wanted to meet with current president Mark Korda to negotiate a takeover to form a new board, which he hoped would include three of his own candidates and three existing board members.
He said if a handover could not be negotiated he was prepared to put himself forward as a candidate at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM).
Apart from Tuddenham and Kelly, his candidacy has also been endorsed by former Magpie Peter Moore, who, like Kelly, has a son playing for the Magpies.
Korda only became president in May after Eddie McGuire’s 23-year reign ended in February following the release of the “Do Better” report. Korda joined the club’s board in 2007 while current board members Paul Licuria, Peter Murphy, Christine Holgate, Jodie Sizer, Neil Wilson and Dr Bridie O’Donnell have all joined the board since 2018.
Club member David Hatley has also gathered enough signatures to force an EGM, which would open up all board positions to a members’ vote.
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