Eddie McGuire is pleased that Mark Korda is the club’s new president after fears over old ‘ghosts’ re-emerging at the club.

Eddie McGuire has revealed that he feared “ghosts” of Collingwood’s past would cause fractures at the club after his exit, before Mark Korda was unveiled as his successor.

Korda was officially ratified as the 13th president in Collingwood’s history after a board meeting today and McGuire praised his appointment.

McGuire says Korda’s familiarity with the club, having been there since 2007, will make for a “steady” transition after his own 23-year tenure as club president.

The 56-year-old expressed a sense of relief over Korda’s appointment, saying he feared the club could have returned to the “bad old days” in his absence.

“One of the things that I’ve really been concerned about in the last couple of months is that some ghosts at Collingwood have re-appeared, who have been have been long-term people who have split the club,” he told Nine’s Footy Classified.

“I was really, really worried and that’s why I’ve been very quiet. I don’t want to be running a campaign for anybody. I was absolutely worried that we were going to go back to the bad old days.

“Tonight, Mark Korda is the president, rally behind him, get the board right, and go forward.”

McGuire revealed that he believed there had been 90 applicants to succeed him as Collingwood president, and added that he had initially planned to hand-pick a successor himself before his abrupt exit in February.

“I was going to use this year to (groom a successor),” he said.

“There were people that I had lined up that I would have liked to have brought on at various stages and some of them aren’t available because they’ve got work commitments.”

With Collingwood attempting to instill a new culture following the revelation of systemic racism unearthed by the club’s Do Better Report, Korda’s appointment has been met with some criticism, given his long-term tenure at the club.

However, McGuire took umbrage with any criticism of Korda’s appointment.

“The report that was commissioned by the Collingwood Football Club to look into racism was tabled,” he said.

“All of those recommendations have been put in place now and I just encourage everybody to read the report.

“There’s been a lot of big headlines and there was a big scalp. I stepped aside for the good of the club and now the club can have a free run at doing things, implement that report, take the next step and be the Collingwood Football Club that we need and the one that I love and will do anything for.”

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