Malthouse named Carlton coach

True Blue ... Mick Malthouse confirms his appointment as Carlton coach as club president Stephen Kernahan looks on.
True Blue ... Mick Malthouse confirms his appointment as Carlton coach as club president Stephen Kernahan looks on.
All smiles...Kernahan, left, with Malthouse at VISY park.

All smiles...Kernahan, left, with Malthouse at VISY park.

Mick Malthouse has been confirmed as the next coach of Carlton, the club officially announcing that he will take over on a three years contract from November 1.

Club President Stephen Kernahan made a perfunctory statement, before introducing Malthouse.

"We are pleased to have someone of Mick's standing in the game, and I think his record speaks for itself..."

Malthouse will complete obligations with the media, La Trobe University and his daughter's book tour beforehe officially takes up the reins at Visy Park.

Malthouse says he had a "great sense of honour to be given the opportunity to coach this famous club".

"Terriffic players, terriffic people right throughout history. And I just see it as an extension of life to be able to stay in the game of football and more importantly to be offered the coaching job and to be part of this football. club"

He says his friends and family are "all on board" with his decision despite previously airing concerns about the pressure it would place on them.

"My drive is to see that mountain peak climbed. My family understand that... they know there is a burning desire to keep climbing."

He insisted that the first meeting he had with Carlton about the role was last Monday.

"I back myself in any team to get the best out of any individual."

Malthouse, coach at Footscray, West Coast (two premierships) and Collingwood (one premiership), says he will be changing the structure, not the personnel in the Blues coaching box. He says he will have input into the number of coaches and the roles they play.

Malthouse was the only real candidate discussed after Carlton sacked incumbent Brett Ratten with one game left in the home and away season.

Club president Stephen Kernahan says the club will "meet all its obligations without a problem", despite the costs involved in paying our Ratten and departing asistant coaches.

Asked about concerns over the demands of coaching on his health, Malthouse said: "I'm very fit, I'm very healthy, thank-you very much."

Malthouse says he is yet to have a detailed look at the Carlton list, and analysis of the club is all in front of him.

It took only three minutes of the press conference for the media to be reminded of Malthouse's infamous aggression, when he bristled at questioning about the timing of his meetings with Carlton.

Kernahan said he hoped sacked coach and former premiership team mate Ratten would find another job in football, perhaps at Port Adelaide.

Malthouse had originaly demanded all discussions be postponed until the end of the finals series, but inevitably, both club and coaching prospect had to deal with the vacancy.

"I'm sick to death of it. You just want to walk down the street without being assaulted by it. It's continuous," Malthouse told 3AW on Monday.

"It's like a dripping tap at the moment. Hopefully (it will be resolved) in the not-too-distant future."


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