AFL memoir Garry Lyon “feels sorry” for Collingwood fans because the extent of the club’s troubles were laid bare for the duration of a 27-level loss to West Cruise on the weekend.
The Pies are reeling from a disastrous commerce length within the off-season that noticed them lose Adam Treloar, Jaidyn Stephenson and Tom Phillips and moreover they’re feeling the ends up in 2021, slumping to 1-4.
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Coach Nathan Buckley is under stress as hypothesis mounts over whether he’ll possess his contract extended at the tip of the season, while damaged-down president Eddie McGuire defended his cherished club’s actions times in a fiery TV debate last week.
Nonetheless Lyon says the style Collingwood lined up against the Eagles on Saturday night proves how badly they’ve been burned by unfortunate record management choices.
West Cruise huge name Andrew Gaff sat himself on the soar forward of the gap leap, where he changed into shadowed by Collingwood’s Jack Madgen. Gaff has played more than 200 games, is a two-time All-Australian and club easiest-and-fairest winner, whereas Madgen has played fewer than 30 AFL games and changed into a basketball participant except Collingwood poached him in 2017.
That gulf in class epitomised unswerving where the Magpies possess gone so scandalous.
“We’re five games into the season, there were a couple of issues on the weekend that unswerving took me again to your whole Treloar train of affairs,” Lyon knowledgeable Fox Footy’s On the Sofa on Monday night.
“I maintain sorry for Collingwood supporters. They’re sitting there going, ‘We pay our money, we develop into members of the club and we then have confidence record management, recruiters and these that peep after the bucks to build apart together our easiest record’. And they’ve failed them undoubtedly dismally — it’s one of the astronomical mismanagements of all time.
“To peep on the weekend, Collingwood come out and play the West Cruise Eagles over there, on a fleet deck, and likewise you sprint, ‘Gee, I hope we’ve obtained some leg speed’, and the ball changed into about to be bounced … on the one hand, Adam Treloar’s working spherical for the Western Bulldogs doing precisely what they want, and right here’s what I noticed.
“(Chris) Mayne on the conclude to facet, and Jack Madgen on the outdoor on Andrew Gaff, on a fleet deck, over there and I’m pondering Collingwood supporters (are) attempting at this going, ‘What took space? How can we procure to this train of affairs?’
“I don’t care who you consider (with Treloar), whether it changed into relationship-driven, whether they were fearful about his capability to deal alongside with his accomplice going, which I believed changed into quite recurring. Gaze, it doubtlessly changed into salary cap. It doesn’t topic.
“Gaze at that. Jack Madgen, God esteem you. On a soar. On Andrew Gaff.”
There changed into handiest one winner in that duel. Gaff dominated on Friday night, racking up 38 touches and 12 contested possessions while Madgen finished with 19 disposals at 57.9 per cent efficiency, per foxsports.com.au.
Collingwood is already under the microscope for a peculiar moment for the duration of the Eagles match when Jordan De Goey and Jeremy Howe were considered accessing their telephones within the changeroom after being ruled out of the remainder of the match with damage.
The Pies play Essendon in an Anzac Day blockbuster on Sunday.