Former Carlton captain and now media pundit Mark Maclure has launched a scathing attack at Mick Malthouse, describing the Blues coach as 'friendless' and questioning whether he should coach on in 2015.
"He's friendless, I can't a friend in the world. Everyone I talk to says what's gone wrong with Mick," McClure said on Fox Footy's AFL 360 program.
Malthouse is now within ten games of equalling the all-time VFL/AFL games coaching record of 714 set by Collingwood legend Jock McHale. However with Carlton out of finals contention, Malthouse will not be able to reach the mark until next season. While the three-time premiership coach still has a year to run on his contract with the Blues, McClure was unsure as to whether Carlton would be best-suited with Malthouse at the helm in 2015.
"We've seen mixed messages the whole year from the coach."
"I'm worried about his match-day stuff. He runs up, jumps around in the coaches box, yells and screams. It looks like he's going to do himself some damage. I think he should bring someone in to do the match-day coaching if he seriously wants to stay on and get the extra two games or whatever."
McClure suggested that Malthouse's confrontational approach was tarnishing his club's brand.
"One of the things he's good at is bullying. He's always bullied the media, and that's something we're ashamed of."
"What he should be a star at is improving this side. I'm not certain about next year. He's got a contract, will they let it stand? I think he's abrasive to the fans. The fans deserve better."
McClure also criticised Malthouse's track-record at picking coaches, after he endorsed both Scott Watters and Mark Neeld in 2011 for jobs at Melbourne and St Kilda respectively. Neither man survived beyond two years in his position.
60-year-old Malthouse came under fire on Saturday after he lashed out at Channel Seven boundary rider Cameron Ling while making his way towards the SCG rooms at half-time of his side's defeat to the Sydney Swans. Malthouse was reportedly furious with what he perceived as repeated camera shots of his coaches box being screened on the SCG scoreboard.
The SCG is the only AFL venue which uses the TV feed on its own big screens.
Malthouse played down the incident on Monday night.
"I get on very well with Cameron Ling, no problems," he said.
"I admire him, I think he's a fantastic bloke. He misinterpreted that I was talking to him - it certainly wasn't him."