Former Collingwood coach and current coach of Carlton Mick Malthouse says he and Collingwood president Eddie McGuire ''haven't spoken for near on a year''.

Malthouse and McGuire appeared to fall out over contract negotiations at Collingwood in 2009, when McGuire signed Nathan Buckley as part of a coaching succession plan.

Speaking to radio station 3AW, Malthouse said he had thought he and McGuire had a good relationship, but a contract negotiation at Collingwood provided a ''wake-up call''.

''He [McGuire] said 'I'll re-sign you, but let me tell you if there's no results, you're out. I'm Collingwood first, you're second','' Malthouse said.

"Some people operate that way, see, I work the other way. It's people first, the organisation comes second, they [people] make the organisation.''

Malthouse said ''I won't be going out of my way'' when asked if he intended to speak to McGuire.

"I don't hold grudges, but I do remember things.''