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‘Footballers just don’t get it’: Where Nathan Buckley got it wrong

Neil Mitchell

Neil Mitchell says Nathan Buckley’s strident criticism of the media proves players and coaches “don’t get it”.

The Collingwood coach had a passionate debate with Footy Classified co-host Craig Hutchison on Monday night, in which Buckley called on the media to back off.

Click play below to watch the full segment on Channel Nine

“This is nonsense,” Neil responded.

“He wants us to rely on those awkward, pre-packaged messages clubs put out through communications departments – and some of them have more communications experts than players.

“Football thrives because of the media. Media benefits from football.

“It is called a symbiotic relationship.

“They shouldn’t be above talking to the media because it is talking to their fans.

“They are happy to give media full access, but only if they pay. It’s greedy.”

Neil pointed out Buckley used to commentate on 3AW Football and that he has a lot of time for the Collingwood coach.

Later, he spoke with Craig Hutchison about the matter – click PLAY at the top of the page to listen

Neil Mitchell