Speculation continues to mount about the pair’s future at the AFL club.
Carlton president Mark LoGiudice has publicly stated he wants both coach Mick Malthouse and on-field leader Chris Judd at the club in 2015.
Speculation about Judd’s involvement with the game and Malthouse’s future at the Blues has mounted in recent weeks.
Malthouse was involved in a spiteful slanging match with former Geelong star and now Channel 7 commentator Cameron Ling last week.
While Judd has continued to struggle with injury as the wear and tear on his 30-year-old body begins to show through.
Despite these factors, LoGiudice said the pair are still wanted and needed by the club as they try and get back into the AFL title picture.
“For the record, we would like him (Judd) to continue playing in 2015,” LoGiudice said at the Blues president’s function.
“But, whatever he chooses to do, he will have the unconditional support of this football club.”
The Blues boss also backed the incumbent coach, saying his passion can be his greatest strength and sometimes his greatest weakness.
“He is a passionate and emotionally-invested coach. He wants nothing but success for our players and our football club,” LoGiudice said.
“He’s a family man with lots of friends in all walks of life.
“He is the right person to lead our team along the journey as we work towards success.”
However, LoGiudice said there would be no easy way for the side to dig itself out of the whole they find themselves in this season, as they face the possibility of their worst finish since 2007, where Carton finished second-last on the AFL ladder.