Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has revealed that he considered quitting following the Pies’ shock loss to Carlton on the weekend.
McGuire said he was so dejected after the loss, that he contemplated whether his 18-year rein as president should come to an end.
However, he said his two sons urged him to stay on as president.
“I was actually in the rooms – I haven’t been that laid low from the footy for a long, long time. I was completely shattered as were our supporters who were giving me their honest and frank opinion,” McGuire said.
“You question yourself. You have done this for 18 years, can you go through it again? Have you got any more ideas and I look at myself and I go – a lot of the things that I brought to Collingwood when I first came in, have been taken away from me now with equalisation.
“I don’t know if I could impact on the club – I question myself … and you agonise and you are standing there and your family is around and you look across at people who are killing themselves, the players, the coaches, all those people, and you do, you go away, you drive away and you have a tear in your eye. Is it frustration – what do you do?
“Then my wife told me on Sunday morning, my two boys – I had to do Fox Footy – my two boys had got home and one was going to see the Bulldogs game that night, they are mad on the footy, and the other, Xander, was going down to a mate’s place. Mum said: ‘C’mon, put some gear on’, and both of them refused to take their (Collingwood) jumpers off.
“They said: ‘No, this is the tough time’, and they got me on Sunday and gave me the pointy pointy and said: ‘We don’t quit. This is it. We have to tough it out’.
“It was the best thing in my life I have ever had from them.”
Collingwood, who now sit at 2-5 after seven rounds, play Brisbane at the Gabba this weekend.