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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16: Ned Guy, List Manager of the Collingwood Magpies speaks with media during the Telstra AFL Trade Period at Marvel Stadium on October 16, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Collingwood CEO Mark Anderson has defended outgoing list manager Ned Guy after his credentials were attacked by former Magpies employee Matt Rendell.

Rendell claimed Guy “didn’t watch much footy” during his time at the club.

“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,” Rendell told SEN’s The Captain’s Run.

“I don’t think Ned was that keen on watching 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.”

Guy was the face of the mass exodus at the Magpies during last year’s trade period, which saw Adam Treloar, Jayden Stephenson and Tom Phillips all traded out of the club due to a salary cap squeeze.

Guy further fueled the tensions with the Collingwood faithful after a train wreck of an interview on Fox Footy to explain the list decisions made by the Magpies.

In a statement on Saturday night, Anderson backed Guy and accused Randell of not backing up his statements with facts.

“For the record, in 2019 Guy attended 137 AFL, SANFL, WAFL, TFL, NEAFL and NAB League matches. He traveled approximately 67,000km to do so. On average he attended five matches a week,” Anderson said in the statement and reported by Fox Sports’ Ben Waterworth.

“In 2020, Guy lived outside of Victoria for four months, and away from his wife and young children for two months, to escape the COVID-19 lockdown in place at the time. This enabled him to scout matches in Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and New South Wales.

“Guy flew approximately 37,000km on behalf of Collingwood in 2020 to attend 49 matches (a COVID-19 reduced figure) and interview potential recruits. Collingwood recruiting manager Derek Hine honoured a similar schedule.

Guy will oversee the mid-season draft before he departs the Magpies.

Randell spent seven years at Collingwood before his part-time role came to an end in 2020 due to COVID-19 restraints on club employees.