Mark Robinson has doubled down on his view of Eddie McGuire's Carlton comments.
Mark Robinson has doubled down on his view of Eddie McGuire's Carlton comments.

‘Went too far’: Eddie stoush intensifies

AFL 360 co-host Mark Robinson has doubled down on his view on Eddie McGuire's Carlton-Alastair Clarkson comments, saying it was inappropriate for the Collingwood president to discuss a rival club's coaching situation.

Asked on Triple M on Monday morning what his thinking would be if he was the Blues president' at the moment, McGuire said: "If you were Mark LoGiudice you'd probably be having breakfast in the next little period of time with Alastair Clarkson, wouldn't you?"

Robinson was one of many that were critical of McGuire's comments on Tuesday night's edition of AFL 360 - comments that prompted a retort from McGuire on his radio show on Wednesday morning.

McGuire watched the Fox Footy program and was unimpressed with Robinson's perspective.

"If Mark Robinson could put aside his complete bias and hatred of me - and jealously to be perfectly honest - if he could just put that aside for two seconds in his life and actually listen to what's going on rather than banging on like an empty drum," McGuire said on Triple M.

Collingwood Football Club President Eddie McGuire.
Collingwood Football Club President Eddie McGuire.

"That was just ridiculous having watched the show where they ask everyone for their opinion about everything in sport, but I'm not allowed to have an opinion."

McGuire, who hosts the daily Triple M Hot Breakfast radio program, again defended his right to weigh in on speculation around the senior coaching position at a rival club at the launch of the Round 16 Emergency Services Match in his role as president.

But Robinson later held firm to his stance that it's a problem McGuire wears "many hats".

Asked by co-host Gerard Whateley if he'd "rolled up the sleeves and gone right to war", Robinson told AFL 360 on Wednesday night: "It seems so.

"Ed's had a crack, that's OK. I've had a crack back, I suppose that's OK.

"A lot of people have given up on Eddie talking about things that I think a club president shouldn't. I didn't agree that he should be talking about another club and their coaching and their current coach and going after another coach. I don't think that's right.

Hawthorn and Collingwood joined forces to create the 'Emergency Services Match' to help improve support and appreciation of Victoria's emergency workers.
Hawthorn and Collingwood joined forces to create the 'Emergency Services Match' to help improve support and appreciation of Victoria's emergency workers.

"Eddie disagreed with me - Eddie thinks he's been a journalist for 35 years and he can talk about those kind of things. My query - and it's been a query for a long time and not just by me - is it gets very wishy-washy from journalist to Collingwood president and I just think he went too far. He said he didn't, he whacked me this morning and I just responded."

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley hadn't heard the comments when he was interviewed by Whateley on SEN on Wednesday, but was OK with it if McGuire was in his 'media guise' and not speaking as club president.

But McGuire's long-held dual role as AFL club president and prominent football journalist/commentator has proved a tricky path to tread at times.

"I would think Nathan Buckley over the years would think: 'I wish Eddie wouldn't say stuff and bring attention to the football club' - that's all," Robinson said.

- with AAP