Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says Mick Malthouse is having to coach in a “toxic” environment after Carlton slumped to its seventh loss of the season on Friday.
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According to Fairfax Media, Malthouse is expected to meet with Blues chief executive Steven Trigg on Monday for a formal discussion following Carlton’s 77-point defeat at the hands of Geelong in round eight.
Clarkson told ABC’s Offsiders that the situation at the Blues was “toxic” and said that he wasn’t happy to see Carlton go through a rough period as it disrupted the competition as a whole.
“Even as an opposition club you don’t like seeing clubs go through this, because it’s no good for the competition, the mid-season turmoil in particular, because it disrupts other clubs, it disrupts the competition. You just hope something could be sorted out so it’s back to have some sort of equilibrium again,” he is quoted as saying by Fairfax Media.
“It’s a really toxic and difficult environment at the moment.”
Carlton have won just one of its eight matches so far this season and currently sit bottom of the AFL ladder.
The task doesn’t get any easier for the Blues, with the struggling side due to face the high-flying Sydney Swans this Friday.