Paul Roos and Nathan Buckley have leapt to the defence of Carlton coach Mick Malthouse, saying he is the right man to lead the Blues despite their poor start to 2015.
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Carlton have lost its opening two matches of the season, with the 69-point capitulation against West Coast leaving some to question Malthouse’s future with the club.
Malthouse’s former Magpies assistant Buckley and Melbourne coach Paul Roos both went in to bat for the Blues boss on Fox Footy, saying it was far too early in the season to judge the three-time premiership coach.
“We’re two games in. We’re going too hard, too early,” Buckley said is quoted as saying by AAP.
“He’s been in the caper for 30 years.
“If you’ve been in it for that long, you’ve been in the gutter and you’ve been at the top.
“He’s been through plenty of cycles. He knows what this feels like.”
Demons coach Paul Roos also backed Malthouse, saying the veteran could not be questioned.
“He’s a very good footy coach,” Roos is quoted as saying by AAP.
“You can pick holes in all of our teams at the moment, but I don’t think you can question if he’s the right person to coach the club.
“He’s an exceptional coach.”
There’s no doubt the Blues have been poor in 2015, but Malthouse’s side have a chance to turn its fortunes around against big rivals Essendon on Saturday at the MCG.
Carlton will go into the clash as heavy underdogs, however the two sides played out a thrilling draw in their last meeting in late 2014.