Browne hits out at ‘power and privilege’ claims

Collingwood presidential challenger Jeff Browne has hit back at claims that he has an “agenda of power and privilege” as he attempts to take over the club.

Current Collingwood board member Jodie Sizer it out at Browne’s coup attempt this week, stating that she would no longer remain at the club if the former Nine boss took over.

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Browne indicated that Sizer would be one of the few board members he would keep if he was to become president, but rejected Sizer’s “power and privilege” call.

“I grew up in Greensborough. I played my football in the Diamond Valley League. I was zoned to Collingwood and played in the under 19s, before moving on to play for Preston in the VFA. I was a teacher then and I was putting myself through law school working at the Bundoora Hotel to pay my way,” Browne told The Age.

“That’s where I come from. I’ve gone on to have a legal career. I was the AFL’s adviser for over 20 years. I don’t see that as a hindrance – I see that as quite helpful. The salary cap rules that seem to have caused so much problem for Collingwood were significantly written by me.

“The fact that I’ve had a career in business at a high level, and the fact that I’ve had a long association with the AFL, I would have thought they were things that were relevant to the position of president of Collingwood.

“My background is far from a privileged one and, I like a lot of Collingwood supporters, have very humble beginnings.”

Browne’s latest comments come after the current Collingwood board issued a unified statement against his coup attempt on the club’s presidency.

While Browne cited Sizer’s importance in the implementation of the Do Better Report at Collingwood, Sizer herself stated that a compromise would not be possible.

“I don’t know why compromise is on the agenda when it comes to a governance conversation,” she told SEN.

“We are 100 per cent committed to what is in the best interest of the club and I can’t see another governance example which represents good governance where you would stand down four individuals that have selected through a rigorous process based on the skills of what is in the best interests in the club.

“This is a public statement that is informed by I don’t know what, that suggests that without any details or vision, we stand aside and say ‘no worries’ and take over.”

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