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As Collingwood acted aggressively on its list, cutting three popular senior players, vice-captain Scott Pendlebury moved to dispel the perception coach Nathan Buckley was warring with his team.

After Collingwood confirmed on Tuesday that it had cut premiership players Alan Didak and Darren Jolly, as well as Andrew Krakouer as part of seven changes, Pendlebury said the reality was the Magpies were a mid-table side and had to find a way to improve.

Collingwood's coach Nathan Buckley is not at odds with his players, says Scott Pendlebury.

Collingwood's coach Nathan Buckley is not at odds with his players, says Scott Pendlebury. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Jolly, Didak and Krakouer are all keen to play on next year, while there is a growing feeling that Dale Thomas may leave the club as a free agent to Carlton.

The Blues will give Thomas a medical examination next week before confirming an offer of up to four years for the running player, who is managing an ankle problem that wrecked his 2013 season.

''There is a perception out there it's Bucks versus the rest. It's completely untrue,'' Pendlebury said.

''It's frustrating this year because we won a lot, we lost a lot as well, and we were really inconsistent as a team.

''What I will say about the year was that I felt the guys were invested and willing to learn every week. We just couldn't put it together as often as we would have liked. I don't think we have to go through a rebuild, we just need to get that hunger back.''

Buckley spoke after the dispiriting loss to Port Adelaide in an elimination final on Saturday night of the need for cultural change and said the club needed to realise time had moved on since its premiership in 2010.

Pendlebury said the loss confirmed Collingwood was a mid-table side. ''We finished eighth on the ladder and we just have got to change and find a way to get better. I am not sure what the magic formula is. It is usually hard work and no doubt when pre-season rolls around again we have to dig deep.''

Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell hit back at former Magpie premiership captain Tony Shaw for calling for him to stand down as captain and potentially retire, saying the game had past him.

Maxwell said on SEN that Shaw had criticised him each year for three years and he would not know what leadership Maxwell offered inside the club.

Collingwood will decide next year's captain over the summer, as normal, with Pendlebury and Maxwell saying they will happily do the job or support the other in the role if that is the choice.

Former Carlton defender Jordan Russell has also not been offered a new contract after one year at Collingwood, and rookie-list players Ben Richmond and Michael Hartley were cut. Ben Johnson retired late in the season.

''I think 'Dids' [Didak] has been a massive part of Collingwood,'' Pendlebury said. ''He was instrumental in the grand final [win]. The best day of my football career I shared with Dids. He was a wonderful character and a premiership player.''

Didak worked his way back into the side late in the season and was a part of the losing team on Saturday, starting as the substitute.

A fan favourite, the crowd erupted and every teammate ran to him when Didak was able to kick a goal in his first game back in the senior team after spending most of the year in the VFL.

''I've had an incredible time at Collingwood,'' Didak said. ''We won a lot of games, won a premiership and I met some lifelong friends. I've got a lot to be thankful for and I know I'm going to miss playing in front of the black-and-white army - I owe them a lot. But I'm not ready for retirement. The ride has another lap or two to go, I hope.''

Didak was highly valued for his effort to play a role in the 2010 premiership win despite a torn pectoral muscle.

Jolly joined Collingwood at the end of 2009 after starting at Melbourne and then playing in Sydney's 2005 premiership side. He was crucial to the Magpies winning the 2010 premiership.

Krakouer, 30, made only eight senior appearances this year and will look to shift to a new club.

''Andrew is confident he has got good football left in him,'' Krakouer's manager, Matt Gray, said. ''He and I will work through the next phase in the next couple of days and work out where we are going.''

137 comments

  • "There is a perception out there it's Bucks versus the rest."

    Well i hadn't heard this till you said it, thanks for spilling the beans.

    Commenter
    AlanT
    Date and time
    September 10, 2013, 7:03PM
    • earth shattering news flash

      Commenter
      Genghis
      Location
      Lounge
      Date and time
      September 10, 2013, 7:29PM
    • Well if there's not there should be after he cost them any chance against Port Adelaide.
      That final was lost the week before against the kangaroos. On the warmest day for months with only a six day break before an elimination final and with nothing whatsoever to gain he let his team engage in a flat out running shootout with one of the quickest teams in the competition. Even more he brought two injured players Reid and Lynch back on to the ground in the last ten minutes. Instead of resting some of his key players for the game or switching off at half time he was hell bent on winning. Only he knows why he made one of the coaching howlers of the year. No wonder they died in the last twenty minutes against PA who had a seven day break and were switched off and coasting in the last quarter against Carlton. So Buckley lost this final the previous week, at selection and on the day.

      Commenter
      fred
      Date and time
      September 10, 2013, 9:10PM
    • Buckley is so psychologically unsuited to coaching it's not funny. His jock anger in the box and that rash he develops by the end of most games pretty much says it all.

      McGuire has squandered what should have been a dynasty lasting at least 5 years by moving heaven and earth to get this perennial, selfish loser back to the club.

      Commenter
      Cathy Little
      Location
      Prahran
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 8:15AM
    • That's exactly right... and we're not going to let them whitewash it with some crap about a team rebuild - what rebuild a winning team... into a losing one?!? Good one Eddie! Be a man, accept you've made the 'strategical blunder of the century' and step down for the sake of the club.

      Commenter
      The boy who cried wolf
      Location
      Planet Earth
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 8:26AM
    • Well when you over 30, only play a few games for the year you know your going to be looked at very closely.
      I'm actually surprised that 2-3 more of the older players who have been very inconsistent are not also on that list.

      Commenter
      WhatThe
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 8:45AM
    • In most of these posts, Port Power is not even mentioned. They outplayed you.
      There is a slight matter of the opposition; Collingwood is not automatically entitled to win. The biggest supporter base club defeated by the smallest supporter based club. I am a Crow but delighted to yell:
      "Well done Port- you whipped the big boys well and truly"

      Commenter
      Conrad
      Location
      Darwin
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 8:47AM
    • @ Conrad - that's not in question - hence why it's not mentioned - we've moved on from the loss to Port (hope they win the flag!!!) - it's now about cleaning up the shattered remains, the 1st port (pun woot!) of call is getting rid of the people responsible for the whole debacle of the last 3 years, namely Eddie and Buckley - the reason for the 'whitewash' is because Eddie and Buckley are a two-headed ogre - one loses his head... both loss their heads - 2 years is long enough to see this is an utter failure - it's needs to be cleaned up now before it becomes a 6 year debacle.

      Kudos to Port and Hinkley!!!

      Commenter
      The boy who cried wolf
      Location
      Planet Earth
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 9:15AM
    • @boy who cried wolf
      Did you see the prematch interview with Koch and Eddie when Koch had a David and Goliath slingshot? Ha ha ha.
      You guys gonna wear an away jumper like everyone else sometimes? Or is Collingwood too good for that?
      Not in question are the away jumpers; not in question that Port were better on the day.
      But hey its fun to rub your noses in the home jumper. Just as a matter of interest are all free Kicks against the Pies UNJUSTIFIED? Sorry about the capitals but the Pies crowd barracks in capitals. We Crows usually have intense rivalry with Power but by golly I was barracking for them on the weekend. Well done Power. Obviously according to the Vics you are not important enough to be even contemplated. The whole question for me is that you were not considered anything to do with issue. That is the whole point. That is the question. The woods are looking more like poor Yorrick than Hamlet though.

      Commenter
      Conrad
      Location
      Darwin
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 9:30AM
    • @ Conrad - all good, didn't see the pre-game stuff - I was working, only got home to see the last 1/4 - as for Eddie - if you've been reading... I'm sorta not in his camp... The jumper question is another can of worms for another day, but I'd be happy for the Pies to only use an away jumper vs Port away and for them (Port) to have their traditional jumpers all season. As for looking like poor Yorrick - all justified. We just want Eddie and Buckely to go.

      Commenter
      The boy who cried wolf
      Location
      Planet Earth
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 9:50AM

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