Mick Malthouse has confirmed his AFL coaching career is over after he was sacked by Carlton on Tuesday.
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The Blues parted ways with Malthouse following the veteran’s explosive radio interview on Tuesday morning in which he aimed barbs at the Carlton board and chief executive Steven Trigg.
“It is out of my hands,” Malthouse is quoted as saying by ABC.
“The board make the decision and that’s final.
“Boards crack under pressure, and the first to go is the coach. It relieves a little pressure and they get to puff their chests 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).
Read the full statement below (via AFL.com.au):
“Firstly I wish to thank the Carlton Football Club for my brief time at the club and I wish the team well for the remainder of the season.
“More generally I want to thank the AFL and the wider football community for allowing me to be part of their game, and for their continued support over the past 40 odd years. I have loved it all, the good and the bad.
“I wish to thank all the players, coaches, assistants, football staff, presidents, directors, club volunteers, fans and everyone who has helped me and worked with me in my journey in this great game. I particularly thank my most recent team which has had to endure more than necessary in this difficult recent time.
“It has been a varied career which has taken me the breadth of this great country and I believe the game, and I, have matured greatly during the past decades.
“This concludes my coaching journey but I will enjoy viewing the game from afar and its progress.
“I particularly want to thank my family who have been resilient and loyal beyond the call of duty at all times. I look forward to enjoying some of the spare time I now have as a family more than ever before.
“To the media I wish you well – despite our constant battlefield……you might even miss me!
“I bear no grudges and I have no regrets. I have achieved some amazing football highs with some wonderful people and endured tough times with great support.”
Blues assistant John Barker will replace Malthouse on an interim basis for the remainder of the 2015 season.