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Pies row causes Malthouse to query media job


Jared Lynch

Eddie McGuire looks on as then coach Mick Malthouse speaks to the media.

Eddie McGuire looks on as then coach Mick Malthouse speaks to the media. Photo: Paul Rovere

MICK Malthouse has questioned his future as a media commentator after a verbal stoush with Eddie McGuire erupted on the airwaves and strained their friendship.

Malthouse called Collingwood's defence ''leaky'' and said there had been a distinct change in game plan under Nathan Buckley, who replaced him as coach after last year's grand final loss.

His comments, made on 3AW after Carlton's 10-goal thumping of the Pies, triggered the ire of club president Eddie McGuire, who fired back at Malthouse on his Triple M breakfast show on Monday.

Malthouse last night said he was surprised at the media storm his comments had made and stressed there were no tensions between him and the Pies, although his relationship with McGuire was strained.

He said he was merely highlighting that game strategies changed week to week, team to team.

''It has made me very nervous about working for [Channel] Seven and 3AW. I'm getting paid to do a job, I don't know if I can do that job as openly and as honestly as I wanted to do that job,'' Malthouse said. ''If that's that the reflection on a comment, I don't need it. We have got to get rid of this notion that I haven't let go. The day I walked out of that football club in October, my mind was firmly fixed on my next employment.

''There are no tensions with me, I'm absolutely in a great space, and I was loving that space up until [Monday] morning because football is now a broader view. I'm looking at 18 teams trying to analyse them for other people. It's fantastic, I love it.''

Buckley yesterday supported his former coach and said that while Malthouse's comments were welcomed, the public battle between him and McGuire was not.

''Eddie's a passionate man and he's going to back and support Collingwood to the hilt. [But] I think where it has got to is it's not great for the footy club,'' Buckley said. ''It has been blown out of proportion. There has probably been a miscommunication that has been fostered in many ways by some outsiders who don't mind to see the miscommunication pushed up.''

Buckley said Malthouse was performing well in his new media role and his views about the Magpies were more informed than anyone else outside the club.

''He knows intimately how the game was played at Collingwood, in recent times in particular, so he can see the differences, and perhaps the changes and the shifts that we are trying to make.

''I read and listened to the comments and all he's doing is making a judgment or passing an opinion on what those changes are, and he's very accurate.''

Malthouse said the Pies were attacking through the middle of the ground more under Buckley, a shift from the team's use-the-boundary plan when he was at the helm.

The three-time premiership coach also highlighted Collingwood's defensive woes, with the Pies, who have one win from three matches, having conceded 37, 24 and 32 scoring shots although injuries to key defenders have compounded the situation. They conceded more than 30 scoring shots only once between 2010 and 2011, against Geelong.


  • The anti football league would welcome Mr Malthouse to our organization.

    Imagine, no talking about AFL, no interest in AFL, no wasting hours at weekends watching AFL.

    Date and time
    April 18, 2012, 8:25AM
    • So you want to be a commentator but can't take a rebuke?


      Go the Blues...

      Col. E. Slaw (Ret.)
      Don't reply to me, Im just commentating
      Date and time
      April 18, 2012, 8:27AM
      • If the only team for which Malthouse's comments attract McGuire's ire is Collingwood, then clearly the problem is Maguire's often commented upon conflict of interest. I've often felt over the year's that Malthouse's steely media persona is a case of fooling most of the people most of the time. He clearly has much to offer the football public with his insightful commentary, where his image may soften if he come up with more gems like his 'ox is slow but the earth is patient' comment of a few years back. I'm still unsure of its true meaning, but whatever it is, the coment speaks of a more philosophical character than his general media persona would have us believe exists.

        TF Siaf
        Cheltenham 3192
        Date and time
        April 18, 2012, 8:36AM
        • Eddie needs to get a grip, Mick has moved on from an untenable situation created by that man within the football club into supposedly a third party job providing expert commentary on a game which includes his former club. He is therefore supposed to make comment on the entirety of the game including his former club. Eddie's day job is also as a commentator, does that mean he doesn't commentate on his own club (albeit not critical analysis, more like fawning).

          Mick stick at it, don't let Eddie ruin another job for you. Nathan's words of wisdom (or just plain commonsense really) shine by comparison to the paranoia and vindictiveness of Eddie - time for the Pres to go?

          Date and time
          April 18, 2012, 8:44AM
          • McGuire is a classic bully-loves to dish it out but can't cope with even minor criticism.

            Date and time
            April 18, 2012, 8:52AM
            • Mick if that was how you HONESTLY felt about the Magpies defence then stick it through. Honesty is so rare nowadays. I would really ignore the bullying by Eddie. If they can't accept genuine criticisms then they shouldn't be there.

              Aspendale Gardens
              Date and time
              April 18, 2012, 8:57AM
              • Mick's and Nathan's comments are mature and insightful. Mick - keep at it. No one in reader land doubts your motive or integrity.

                Date and time
                April 18, 2012, 9:11AM
                • malthouse is entitled to say it like it is - collingwood are slipping and he's under no obligation to pretend they are still league leaders. eddie loves to think he can bully people into doing what he wants.

                  if collingwood were winning their games, i doubt mick would be canning their leaky defence.

                  Date and time
                  April 18, 2012, 9:14AM
                  • Man up Malthouse, you knew your comments would cause this type of reaction and you clearly have not let go from Collingwood. Get a grip and stay quiet, you have broken the unwritten rule already.

                    Date and time
                    April 18, 2012, 9:15AM
                    • Talk about mileage out of a news item . . . yes, he said he was "nervous" but he also said that he si in a good head space and loving his job. Let sleeping dogs lie.

                      Date and time
                      April 18, 2012, 9:16AM

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