Carlton has sacked coach Mick Malthouse following a meeting between club bosses on Tuesday.
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The relationship between the two parties has soured over recent weeks and came to a head today after Malthouse made explosive comments during an interview on SEN radio.
The Blues have endured a poor start to the 2015 season, winning just one of their eight games to sit bottom of the AFL ladder.
Following a meeting with chief executive Steven Trigg and club president Mark LoGuidice on Monday, Malthouse was told his position would be reviewed in round 11, but the former Collingwood coach did not see the point in extending the decision for another fortnight.
“If people can judge me after 30 years, what’s two more weeks mean? That I’d lose it totally or I’d gain more knowledge about it?” Malthouse is quoted as saying by AFL.com.au.
“There’s not a lot to gain from two weeks, is there?
“I don’t really get [it] … if you don’t know about the person now, what does two weeks show?
“We play Sydney with a depleted side and we play Adelaide with hopefully a couple of blokes coming back, but we’re not too sure about that either.
“It’s a tall ask to go to the SCG playing a side like Sydney, who have played 25 players and I think we’ve played 35 – and unfortunately we might lose players from the weekend.
“It’s going to be a tough game, so I don’t know what can be gained from that or the Adelaide game that people don’t know now.”
It seems the interview was the last straw for Malthouse, who couldn’t resist a dig at the club’s board.
“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 is expected to be replaced by assistant coach John Barker on an interim basis.