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Time for Eddie to step down, says Hird adviser

Ian Hanke.

Ian Hanke. Photo: Penny Bradfield

James Hird’s media adviser Ian Hanke has taken aim at Eddie McGuire, calling for the Collingwood president to step down.

As the drama at Essendon continues, with Tania Hird to front the Bombers’ board on Wednesday, Hanke continued his rant about AFL chief Andrew Demetriou being a bully and, taking to Twitter, then turned on McGuire.

‘‘AFL ought to be ashamed. The #AFL doesn't know the meaning of shame, or responsibility, or governance, or due process. AD is a lame duck CEO. He should go now,’’ Hanke said. ‘‘The #AFL commission should start a clean out of its own stables while club presidents such as Mcquire [sic] should also go. Steeped in a bygone age. There is a herculean job to be done to fix this problem. Not very inclusive is the #AFL and clubs when it comes to the reality of sexism. It is like the Melbourne Club of yore.

‘‘PS. Don't forget AD laughing when he was told about a dwarf being set alight. That is the blokey and outdated culture that permeates the #AFL and its supporters.’’

In a television interview on Thursday, Tania Hird described Demetriou and the AFL as bullies, prompting a clearly frustrated Essendon chairman Paul Little to stop short of guaranteeing that James Hird would return as coach later this year after serving a 12-month suspension for his role in the 2012 supplements scandal.

McGuire had taken a parting shot at Hanke on his Triple M breakfast show. ‘‘The Hirds have been getting advice from Ian Hanke, who is a political bomb thrower,’’ McGuire said. ‘‘He is a guy who shaves his head going into elections. As I said the other night, he thinks the art of war is his version of Fifty Shades of Grey. That’s the sort of guy who is in there doing this.’’

McGuire laughed off Hanke's rant when contacted on Monday night.

McGuire is a close friend of David Evans, the former Essendon chairman who had a breakdown last year and stepped aside.

The AFL did not wish to comment when contacted on Monday night.

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