The Magpies released a statement Monday afternoon confirming that 64-year-old Walsh would be ready for the club next month after a difficult, turbulent season.
However, the club insists that recent off-field troubles, highlighted by a salary cap-influenced trade deduction that saw Adam Treloar, Jaidyn Stephendon and Tom Phillips transfer clubs on the deadline, weren’t a factor in Walsh’s decision.
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« I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and as one of my old coaches once put it, the moment you think about retirement is the time to get done, » said Walsh.
« I’m ready and the time for Collingwood is right too. I will personally thank the many people I need, but I want to acknowledge the game for the rich experiences, friendships, and professional rewards that I have been fortunate enough to enjoy.
After starting at Fitzroy in 1985 and moving to Carlton for nearly ten years, Walsh spent the next 26 years in North Melbourne and Collingwood. He was North’s football manager and managing director, while holding two positions with the Magpies football boss (2006 to 2013 and 2017 to 2020).
Great AFL football managers are incredibly hard to find. Congratulations to Geoff Walsh for not only the long tenure, but also for the excellent performance. A man of the player, a trusted right hand coach and would have some exciting stories about who to manage !! Enjoy your retirement!
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“He helped shape and shape the game as it developed from a semi-professional, state sport to a professional and national competition. He knows and understands the game like no other, ”said McGuire.
« He was with Collingwood for over a decade. We would have liked to have had him with us for another decade. ”
Walsh has overseen four premierships in nearly four decades in the league. He received AFL life membership in 2016.
You haven’t tried hard enough as a journalist if Geoff Walsh hadn’t gnawed your ear off at some point. But he was a great pedestrian and if you’ve earned his trust he was great to deal with. The pies and kangas are indebted to him.
« Walshy is a giant of our sport and Collingwood has been fortunate to have him at the helm of his football program for so many years, » said Mark Anderson, CEO of Collingwood.
« He has held many leadership roles in such an outstanding career, and he has succeeded in each one. Geoff has been a tremendous addition to our entire club, and there are many across the league who have benefited from his experience, good judgment and advice over the decades.
“His legacy will stay with our football people and our football program, which will help us appoint his successor. His vision for our football future will continue to be central to our strategic direction.
« We will miss him very much, but we very much respect his decision. We wish him, Jayne and their family all the best for the future. ”
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