‘He didn’t watch much footy’: Ex-recruiter reveals stunning detail over Pies list boss

Former Collingwood recruit Matt Rendell has made a stunning revelation about the club’s outgoing list manager.

The Magpies confirmed on Thursday, Guy would leave his position as the list manager at the conclusion of the 2021 mid-season rookie draft in June.

Guy played a crucial part in the club’s chaotic 2020 trade period, with Adam Treloar, Tom Phillips, Jaidyn Stephenson and Atu Bonsenavulagi departing the club without the Pies gaining much in return due to salary constraints.

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Guy was forced to defend the club’s chaotic strategy in an interview just minutes after the trade period ended, with current GM of football Graham Wright to take over the role on an interim basis.

Speaking on SEN’s Captain’s Run on Friday morning, Rendell outlined why he didn’t think Guy was the right man for the role.

“It wasn’t surprising. I haven’t spoken to anyone about it or anyone at Collingwood. It was a disaster, not of his all own making, the last trade period,” Rendell explained.

“That was a list management monumental stuff up not only of one, but two or three years. Everyone has to take responsibility of that list management group. He was trying to manage the outcome the best he could. He didn’t have much cards to deal with because everyone knew it was a fire sale.

“Ultimately, the footy manager is responsible. List manager does all the ground work, but the footy manager signs off on TPP (total player payments) and salary cap stuff. He has to sign off on trades and contracts.

The Pies are searching for a new list boss. Photo: Michael Klein.Source:News Corp Australia

“Ned’s background is in finance and I think that’s why they got him in to try and fix up the TPP. But it didn’t quite work out that way.

“My experience was that he didn’t watch much footy. People are coming into the club in recruiting and list management, you have to love watching all footy. I watch AFL, VFL, women’s, under 18s and I’ll go to the local clubs and watch them play. Any grade of football I’ll watch them.

“I don’t think Ned was that keen on watching him a lot of footy. From that point of view I thought it was a really poor appointment by Geoff Walsh from my point of view. And no surprise it has ended up like it has.”

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Rendell was also concerned by the lack of recruiting personnel left at Collingwood, but believed the certainty over Nick Daicos going inside the top-two of the draft would somewhat make it easier.

“The biggest problem for Collingwood is they have one recruiter there. Derek Hine is doing all the heavy lifting, I don’t think anyone else is doing anything,” he added.

“Adam Shepard has gone, I’ve gone, Dom Milesi went to the Bulldogs. Obviously Wrighty has a great recruiting background, but the thing that might not be as damaging to them is Nick Daicos looks like he is going to be No.1, so all their points are going to Nick Daicos.

“They won’t have any picks in the second and third round unless they do any manoeuvring. They’re probably trying to pick a player at the back-end of the draft.”

Originally published asStaggering reveal over gone Magpies boss

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