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Tigers president issues stern warning

AAP logoAAP 5/08/2016 Jason Phelan

Richmond president Peggy O'Neal has warned a rebel group agitating for board level change at Punt Road that they're in for a fight.

After maulings by Hawthorn and Greater Western Sydney, a group of influential members met to discuss challenging the current board, with their preference a bloodless coup that would oust O'Neal and other long-standing members of her board.

But O'Neal made it clear that wouldn't be the case in her presidential address ahead of Friday night's clash with Collingwood.

"Stability at this club has been important. Good clubs are stable clubs and it has been a key to our performance on and off the field in recent years," O'Neal said.

"Stability and change go hand in hand, stability allows change. Instability and change bring chaos and I refuse to let that happen to this club.

"Some have tried to suggest that stability has come at the expense of change and that is utter nonsense.

"This is a very different club than it was four years ago, much less what it was 10 years ago.

"So after coming this far are we going to walk away from the challenge of taking that next big step on our road to the pathway of success? Are we going to hand over the club and say it's all too hard?

"No, we're not, not on my watch."

O'Neal defended the decision to reappoint Damien Hardwick for a further two years even given the Tigers' disappointing season, and she reaffirmed her support for the coach.

Richmond went on to score a pressure-relieving 15-point win over the Pies.

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