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McGuire's Jurrah scoop angers Demons

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Jurrah stays away from team training

Melbourne Demon's Liam Jurrah stays indoors as his TV interview with Eddie McGuire angers his club.

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COLLINGWOOD president Eddie McGuire has angered the Melbourne Football Club for failing to honour club protocols when he interviewed Demon Liam Jurrah on Sunday night.

The McGuire interview also raised some concerns at AFL headquarters given the fact that Jurrah faces serious charges. Melbourne president Don McLardy confirmed last night that the club was disappointed at learning about the Jurrah interview shortly before it went to air on McGuire's debut on Fox Footy's Eddie McGuire Tonight.

''We're not happy about it,'' McLardy said. ''We realise it's a secondary issue in the context of what Liam's going through and the issues confronting the club but we certainly intend to pursue the matter at a later date.''

Time to talk: Liam Jurrah on his return last Friday.

Time to talk: Liam Jurrah on his return last Friday. Photo: Pat Scala

McGuire's unique dual position as a football commentator and journalist as well as chairing the Magpies has proved an issue for him in the past when he called Collingwood games for Channel Nine. His new role at Fox Footy will continue to challenge his club given the Magpies' insistence upon requesting player interviews through the designated administrative channels at Collingwood.

Melbourne chief executive Cameron Schwab reportedly learnt that Jurrah would appear on the program less than half an hour before it went to air.

But McGuire was unrepentant last night claiming he was invited to meet Jurrah by his friends and mentors, Rupert Betheras and Bruce Hearn McKinnon. ''I was invited around and welcomed by Liam's grandmother and mother and Liam wanted to say a few things also,'' he said.

McGuire said Melbourne had been aware he was covering the Jurrah story.

''If anyone wants to talk to me I'll talk to them. I don't know if anyone's aware I'm hosting an interview program that is looking at cutting-edge news and cutting-edge stories,'' he said.

''I'd do the same next week and the week after that. That's what the audience can expect every week. Breaking news and breaking stories. Just like the old days.''

Meanwhile, Jurrah will go back to his football club today for the first time since he returned from central Australia and sit with his coach and senior club officials to discuss the dramatic events that took place last week.

Jurrah and the club will discuss what comes next for him on a personal and club level.

With the Demons playing at the weekend Jurrah had yet to meet coach Mark Neeld or football director Neil Craig in person since flying back from central Australia on Friday after his arrest for an alleged assault.

The club will discuss what comes next for Jurrah but will largely leave aside the incident, which is being investigated by the police, and instead discuss the club's reaction to what had occurred in his time in Yuendumu, including drinking while in rehabilitation and being out late.

With MICHAEL GLEESON

43 comments so far

  • I'm sure Eddie tried equally hard to interview Andrew Krakouer during his recent sojourn from the Collingwood football club for equivalent family reasons.

    What say you Eddie? Did you try?

    Commenter
    McDoubleStd
    Location
    Eddiewood
    Date and time
    March 13, 2012, 1:47AM
    • When it's the Pies they are put in cotton wool and Eddie protects them from the media. Let's see what happens when one of the Pies gets into trouble.

      Commenter
      Rod
      Date and time
      March 13, 2012, 7:35AM
    • Short memory here. When Didak and Shaw got into trouble, the media had a field day on it, as they did with the Shaw $10 bet business. Collingwood cops it more in the media than most clubs.

      Commenter
      Piesnchess
      Location
      Dandenong Nth
      Date and time
      March 13, 2012, 10:09AM
  • Wouldnt it be a different story if this involved Andrew Krakouer and say Channel 7 interviewed him. Eddie would go ballistic and declare war on them - just like he did against GWS and Melbourne for pinching staff. Eddie is a big fat bully, no doubt. It's all about him, channel 9, Collingwood, and now Fox. Eddie, you are a man with no morals. You set a great example for your club. That's why you keep Heath Shaw there, and Nick Maxwell as captain. Side by side, magpie staff, players and members are all going to hell.

    Commenter
    Satan's Little Helper
    Location
    Disgusted by McGuire YET AGAIN
    Date and time
    March 13, 2012, 2:50AM
    • Bet you barrack for the Saints, not over 2010 GF are we pal. ??? LOL.

      Commenter
      Piesnchess
      Location
      Dandenong Nth
      Date and time
      March 13, 2012, 10:06AM
    • And as President of Collingwood he would be entitled to defend his club and players from the media. As a journalist he can't exploit his connections within the club, it's an almost impossible scenarios for him to play and frankly he should choose between being a journalist or President of a footy club because in each role he has an immeadiate conflict of interest.

      Commenter
      Dino
      Date and time
      March 13, 2012, 11:28AM
    • Eddie McGuire, a journalist??

      Commenter
      The Other Guy
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      March 13, 2012, 12:24PM
  • Amusing how he asked for privacy when it comes to Pies Miss-behavin'

    just another drink drive and run away scenario?

    Commenter
    Eddie Everywhere!
    Date and time
    March 13, 2012, 6:29AM
    • Sounds like you're a little jealous Caro. Missed another scoop. Your sources must be drying up.

      Oh and by the way - I reckon there have been plenty of Andrew Krakouer interviews

      Commenter
      Gaz
      Location
      Yarrawonga
      Date and time
      March 13, 2012, 7:34AM
      • Lets see how many Collingwood stories this hypocrite breaks . None I'll bet.

        Commenter
        Fat Purple Head
        Location
        Big Mouthville
        Date and time
        March 13, 2012, 7:42AM

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