Swans president Andrew Pridham likens McGuire to outspoken Australian politician Clive Palmer.
The Sydney Swans have launched an attack on Collingwood president Eddie McGuire after the he labelled Swans coach John Longmire “petty” for refusing to work with him.
Longmire refused to work as assistant coach with the Australian International Rules team, where McGuire is team manager.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Sydney president Andrew Pridham likened McGuire to outspoken and much-maligned Australian politician and mining magnate Clive Palmer.
“He is the AFL equivalent of Clive Palmer,” Pridham told The Daily Telegraph.
“He represents one 18th of the clubs, which is 5.5 per cent of the clubs, but he just dominates the agenda for reasons of self-interest.
“No one seems to bring him to account but I’m happy to.
“I’ve got nothing against Eddie personally but if he keeps attacking us we have to fight back.”
Following Sydney’s win over Carlton on Saturday, Longmire confirmed that he would not work with McGuire, but did not reveal the reasonings behind his decision.
“I’m aware of Eddie’s comments and it is true,” Longmire said.
“I’m not commenting on it, I’ve moved on, the AFL has moved on, everyone’s moved on.
“I’m not worried about it, I’m worried about the Swans, we have to keep winning games of footy. That’s what I’m worried about.”
Read the full interview here.