Carlton deny Malthouse talks

Sportal June 4, 2012, 9:10 pm
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Carlton President Stephen Kernahan has emphatically dismissed speculation linking former Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse with the embattled Blues.

Touted as premiership favourites after demolishing the Magpies in Round 3, Carlton's season is threatening to fall apart following their third loss in the last four matches - a 54-point humiliation away to unheralded Port Adelaide on Saturday.

The Blues' sudden collapse has called into question the future of coach Brett Ratten, who had targeted a top-four finish as the minimum expectation for his team going into the 2012 campaign.

Former West Coast and Collingwood coach Malthouse, who led the Magpies to grand final success in 2010 before making way for Nathan Buckley at the end of last season, has been touted in some quarters as a potential replacement for Ratten.

But Carlton moved to quash the speculation in a statement released late Monday.

"We have never spoken to Mick about a role here at our club," Kernahan said.

"We have had no need to, as we have a mix of successful and knowledgeable coaches led by senior coach Brett Ratten.

"Instead of speculating on matters and looking for outside influences, and getting it wrong, it would be more appropriate to focus on the team's poor performance. That is what everyone at the club is doing, looking at turning this around."

"We have a number of our key personnel out injured, including the majority of our leadership group.

"However, that is part of the game, it does not excuse Saturday night's shocking performance."

Outspoken Collingwood president Eddie McGuire stoked the rumours early on Monday, using his Triple M radio show to describe Carlton as a good potential fit for Malthouse.

"Carlton would be a club that would have all of the infrastructure, the player list, the whole thing that would I'm sure at least make him lift his eye," McGuire said.

"A team of that ilk would be something that maybe would get Mick's attention ... if a spot became available he'd be the first bloke that people would look at."

McGuire's comments provoked a curt response from his Blues counterpart.

"I think it is absolutely inappropriate for other club presidents to be discussing or speculating on Carlton Football Club matters," Kernahan said.

"Eddie knows very clearly my stance on this matter. This is not the first time I have had to remind him to refrain from making such comments about our club, I hope it is the last."

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  1. greg04:44pm Thursday 07th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Why is it ok for Eddie to bag other clubs, then use the excuse that he's wearing his media hat and not speaking as a president? Yet when another club prez bags his Pies he's the first one to start sooking? As for Malthouse coaching Carlton, great record he's got Ed. 1 flag in 12 years at your club. Yeah thats real successful.

  2. Rufus12:50am Wednesday 06th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    carlton have been a rabble 4 years and the ignorant can blame elliot and the afl but the truth goes back to 1995. mateship and cronyism due to parkin and kerna have seen the likes of brittain and ratten get jobs for the boys. carlton once a ruthless professional lot will become the new demons and a flag is miles off. getting the mercenary judd and letting kennedy go was a disaster. the blues r sliding big time . where is george harris when needed?

  3. Paul03:25pm Tuesday 05th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Malthouse may be a maggot,tho he is a damn good coach! Much better coach,than the "Rat" Melb needs Malty....not the blues!~ Just rumours and the media

  4. Mixed03:23pm Tuesday 05th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Check Carltons injury list and take that quality of players out of ANY team and will not matter who is the coach they will struggle

  5. garry jessop12:32pm Tuesday 05th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hang on!!!!!!Let me get this right.Didnt collingwood have a clause in Malthouses passing contract that he couldnt coach at another club???Now Maguire is into his verball bulshit promoting Malthouse coach carlton.As a commentator maguire has no credility amongst non collingwood followers which if the radio station had any balls they would let him go.Besides that you always have the option of advertisers withdrawing their support for his program.I am a collingwood supporter thru and thru and I say this maguire.Shut the f--- up!!!!!!!!

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  6. underarm_bowler10:40am Tuesday 05th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    keep ratten as coach. He is doing a great job for the rest of the teams

  7. Yarrum99909:59am Tuesday 05th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Maybe Rattan is a bit of a Rat!

  8. matt o08:33am Tuesday 05th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Just get him there now, let him get to know the players and surroundings well before next years pre season..

  9. Twochairs08:16am Tuesday 05th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Why is it that when players on the field are not performing, the coach is in the gunsights of every so called expert,( read Eddie). the coach can only work out strategies and game plans. It is then up to the players, they are the ones not performing, but we will survive.

  10. andrew01:31am Tuesday 05th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Grow up eddy,your loss.You got rid of mick,a qualified proven afl coach,if carlton do approach him at a later date what buisness is it of yours mcguire?You instated buckley and its failed to pay off there still playing by malthouses standards at least for the rest of this year til you drop down the ladder over time.

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