Mick Malthouse says he “deserved better” from Carlton following the veteran mentor’s sacking this week.
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Malthouse was shown the door by the Blues following on explosive radio interview on Tuesday morning, where he took aim at the club’s board.
The 61-year-old was sacked just hours after the interview, and told Fox Footy that he felt the timing of his ousting resulted in animosity.
“One of the things I did feel more than anything, outside the sense of disappointment, I felt as if I sort of deserved just a little bit better,” Malthouse is quoted as saying by the ABC.
“Either a bit more time or less time. I felt a little bit of discomfort that way, but no animosity.”
Malthouse took aim at Blues president Mark LoGiudice, saying his letter to club members in regards to Malthouse’s future was “self-serving” and was not supportive enough of the club’s players.
“I know what they (players) were putting up with, I know how much they were hurting,” Malthouse is quoted as saying by AAP.
“I thought it was a bit self-serving – how people felt around the club – it was such a negative.
“My thing was that we had to protect the players, because they’re already damaged.
“I was very, very disappointed in the way it came out.”
Malthouse released a statement via the AFL, saying he would not actively seek another senior coaching role.
It brings a decorated career to a close, with Malthouse having coached an AFL record 718 games across four clubs, winning three premierships with West Coast (1992, 1994) and Collingwood (2010).
Blues assistant John Barker will replace Malthouse on an interim basis for the remainder of the 2015 season.