Malthouse told FIVEaa radio that he wants the substitute rule chopped.
Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has called on the AFL to consider having as much as six players on the bench and says the substitute rule hasn’t worked.
Malthouse told radio station FIVEaa said the issue was raised during the recent dinner with coaches and AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan.
The former Collingwood and West Coast coach said he hoped changes would occur.
“We don’t play football like that, we don’t play to play subs, we don’t train to play subs,” Malthouse said.
“It’s been a good education, but a failure.
“Let’s get over it, move on and get back to the four.”
The AFL ended speculation that it would reduce the number of interchanges permitted from 120 to 80, but Malthouse said he would be in favour of a decreased interchange limit if it meant having more players on the bench.
“There’s no question there is going to be a pay off here and that will be a reduction in the number of interchanges or rotations, so be it,” Malthouse said.
“Let’s move on, let’s find out what it is and let’s start guiding our players accordingly through the pre-season.
“I can’t see why we couldn’t have six players (on the bench) and it might be capped at one hundred rotations, and I think that would fit in beautifully.”
Carlton takes on Port Adelaide on Friday night, however Malthouse’s side will be playing for pride with finals out of the equation.