JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

Tension turns to open hostility

Date

Michael Gleeson

At odds: Collingwood president Eddie McGuire and former coach Mick Malthouse.

At odds: Collingwood president Eddie McGuire and former coach Mick Malthouse. Photo: Photo: Paul Rovere

THE tension that simmered beneath the surface of the Mick Malthouse succession plan at Collingwood took just three weeks of the new coach's reign to erupt into open hostility.

Using their various media vehicles, Malthouse and his family and Collingwood president Eddie McGuire argued publicly yesterday after Malthouse blamed players and umpires for the club's grand final loss and queried the change to the game plan that has seen Collingwood lose two of its first three games, including the heavy loss to Carlton on Friday night.

McGuire on his morning radio show aggressively challenged the broad critique of the club by Malthouse in his new role as media commentator, claiming he would not have a friend left at Collingwood after his weekend comments about the club he coached to a flag just 18months ago.

"I love Mick and I've supported him 100 per cent, but I tell you what, he wouldn't have a friend at Collingwood today. He hasn't missed anyone," McGuire said.

"He's blamed the grand final loss last year on Dane Swan, Chris Tarrant and the umpires ... you can't claim the glory for the coaching plan to get to the grand final and then bag the players who followed it out."

Malthouse had said that a one-kick last quarter by  Swan, a defensive error by  Tarrant and a poor umpiring decision had been responsible for the grand final loss and not a breakdown of his game plan.

McGuire added that Malthouse had "given it to [Buckley] for a couple of years now; give the bloke a bit of a chance, he's in his first year."
McGuire implored Malthouse to move on, saying he had disliked his coaching predecessor at Collingwood, Tony Shaw, criticising the team yet he was doing the same thing. "Give Bucks a bit of a go, mate, because when Bucks was the captain he carried that team for you, he played his guts out for you," McGuire said.

Malthouse had also said retired All-Australian Leon Davis would probably have remained at the club had he been coach because of the strength of his relationship with the player. The comment was taken by the club as a slight on football manager Geoff Walsh for not re-signing Davis and of Buckley for not having as tight a bond with the players as Malthouse.

Malthouse said last night he did not want to get into a further slanging match with McGuire but said he retained strong feelings for many people within the club.

"I will never compromise my stance on the admiration I've got and the feel I have for that playing group, Geoff Walsh, David Buttifant and the football department for how they bled for the club and myself to win the (2010) premiership and also to go as far as they did last year," Malthouse said.

One of jis daughters, Danielle Kearney, who also works as her father's personal assistant, tweeted later yesterday morning: "I don't know how Eddie McGuire sleeps at night #lies."

She added later: "For the record. Collingwood F C is a fantastic club that is made up of some fabulous people. Was just sick of hearing lies 2day."

Former player Brodie Holland used social media to criticise his former coach. Holland wrote: "I LOVE MICKY MILKSHAKES but poor form by him singling out individuals that apparently influenced the GF loss last yr. #smokescreenspecialist."

Malthouse at the weekend had not specifically criticised the game plan under Buckley but corrected the impression that the change under Buckley was minimal. He said there was a "massive difference" in game structure,  the side was now using the corridor more and was thus "leaking goals".

McGuire said the game plan had already changed under Malthouse in last year's grand final because of the realisation by Malthouse and others that Geelong and the rest of the competition had worked out the game plan.

Tony Shaw, now a colleague of Malthouse's at 3AW, yesterday challenged all sides to show more dignity and remove personalities from the debate. "Mick has every right to comment on game style but don't bring personalities into it and that goes for all sides in this," Shaw said.

"We are three games into a coaching career with Nathan Buckley, he has tried to change things, and players take time to get used to it but with six grand final players out and three or four others that didn't have a pre-season and were underdone, things like that will happen ...  and I think it is totally over the top reactive. It took (Malthouse) 12 years to win a premiership, give Nathan time to have his go."

5 comments so far

  • He's a media commentator Eddie... paid to criticise. You of all people know that. Get over it. If not for the stupid plan to replace the best coach in the game, it wouldnt be happening.

    Commenter
    Heath
    Date and time
    April 17, 2012, 8:16AM
    • Eddie needs to grow a spine as well as a pair ! and stop trying to sound like he is on everyone's side and that only he truly knows what has / is happening.He just sounds like a POLITICIAN who is always on the spin with whatever is going on.
      As "Heath" said he is a media commentator now.I Eddie is so worried about what he has to say he shouldn't have brokered "THE DEAL" it was never going to be a smooth transfer simply because this is Collingwood nothing is ever done without everyone having there say including Club members and everyone else.

      Commenter
      ausgronk
      Date and time
      April 17, 2012, 9:57AM
      • Friday the 13th, 2012 – henceforth to be known as "Black Friday" – will long be remembered in our club – and AFL – history.

        And we are all still recovering – in our own separate ways – from such a crushing result.

        But it's now time to focus on the next game and the rest of the 2012 season.

        Hopefully, Bucks and his coaching staff and the match committee won't be overly distracted by the internecine warfare that is, predictably, raising it's ugly head at Collingwood.

        Don't know about you, my brothers and sisters of Black & White, but:

        I'm for Bucks.

        M & M need to stifle themselves.

        Both of these gentlemen have egos writing checks that neither of them have been able to cash.

        Both have always been eager to take credit when things have panned out...but now, when the going gets tough... Mr. McGuire and Mr. Malthouse are two of the fastest draws of the finger in the West.

        And as for our Pie AFL players: MAN UP.

        As to either of the Ms' silliness not being ego driven...I'll take that one under advisement. (That's kinda like asserting my three legged dog, Spot, only pees on everything in sight just to assist blind kittens find their way home.)

        Commenter
        Mungo Mulligan-Stewart
        Date and time
        April 17, 2012, 6:02PM
        • When did Mick Malthouse blame individual players and the umpires for the grand final loss, Michael? I want to see a quote from Malthouse to verify this assertion: a quote from Eddie Maguire just doesn't cut it.

          Commenter
          Bill Williams
          Location
          Table Top, NSW
          Date and time
          April 18, 2012, 1:18AM
          • Here it is Bill, unless Eddie is an impersonator
            http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/3aw-football-blog/malthouse-pies-lack-confidence/20120415-1x15p.html?tw_p=twt

            Commenter
            kcabotkcab
            Location
            Melbourne
            Date and time
            April 18, 2012, 12:54PM

        Make a comment

        You are logged in as [Logout]

        All information entered below may be published.

        Error: Please enter your screen name.

        Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

        Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

        Error: Please enter your comment.

        Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

        Post to

        You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

        Thank you

        Your comment has been submitted for approval.

        Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

        Related Coverage

        AFL 2015

        Round 1
        Thu, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
        CAR 78vs RIC 105 Report Stats
        Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
        MEL 115vs GCF 89 Stats
        SYD 72vs ESS 60 Stats
        BRI 74vs COL 86 Stats
        WBU 97vs WCE 87 Stats
        Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
        STK 78vs GWS 87 Stats
        ADE 140vs NTH 63 Stats
        FRE 75vs PTA 68 Stats
        Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
        HAW 123vs GEE 61 Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 2
        Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
        WCE 131vs CAR 62 Stats
        Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
        RIC 66vs WBU 85 Report Stats
        GWS 101vs MEL 56 Stats
        COL 63vs ADE 90 Report Stats
        GCF 76vs STK 104 Stats
        PTA 44vs SYD 92 Stats
        Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
        GEE 60vs FRE 104 Stats
        ESS 78vs HAW 76 Stats
        NTH 133vs BRI 51 Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 3
        Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
        COL 140vs STK 66 Stats
        Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
        CAR 84vs ESS 105 Stats
        ADE 80vs MEL 55 Stats
        SYD 111vs GWS 90 Report Stats
        NTH 105vs PTA 113 Stats
        BRI 58vs RIC 137 Stats
        Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
        HAW 127vs WBU 57 Stats
        GEE 105vs GCF 96 Stats
        WCE 81vs FRE 111 Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 4
        Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
        RIC 51vs MEL 83 Stats
        Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
        STK 81vs CAR 121 Report Report Stats
        ESS 49vs COL 69 Report Stats
        GWS 119vs GCF 53 Stats
        PTA 99vs HAW 91 Stats
        FRE 74vs SYD 60 Stats
        Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
        BRI 65vs WCE 118 Stats
        GEE 67vs NTH 83 Stats
        WBU 125vs ADE 68 Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 5
        Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
        CAR 45vs COL 120 Stats
        Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
        RIC 76vs GEE 85 Stats
        SYD 73vs WBU 77 Stats
        GCF 118vs BRI 54 Stats
        NTH 70vs HAW 130 Stats
        WCE 120vs GWS 33 Stats
        Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
        MEL 50vs FRE 118 Stats
        STK 80vs ESS 82 Stats
        ADE 91vs PTA 115 Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 6
        Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
        COL 59vs GEE 100 Stats
        Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
        NTH 109vs RIC 74 Stats
        WBU 87vs STK 94 Stats
        GWS 108vs HAW 98 Stats
        GCF 78vs ADE 119 Stats
        MEL 50vs SYD 88 Stats
        FRE 80vs ESS 52 Stats
        Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
        CAR 75vs BRI 84 Report Stats
        PTA 68vs WCE 78 Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 7
        Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
        ESS 82vs NTH 93 Stats
        Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
        ADE 119vs STK 73 Stats
        HAW 155vs MEL 50 Stats
        CAR 57vs GWS 135 Stats
        SYD 120vs GEE 77 Stats
        WCE 135vs GCF 43 Stats
        Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
        WBU 88vs FRE 101 Stats
        RIC 105vs COL 100 Report Stats
        BRI 102vs PTA 65 Report Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 8
        Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
        GEE 140vs CAR 63 Report Stats
        Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
        STK 78vs WCE 131 Report Stats
        GWS 108vs ADE 84 Report Stats
        GCF 63vs COL 132 Report Stats
        HAW 69vs SYD 73 Report Stats
        FRE 115vs NTH 42 Report Stats
        Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
        ESS 136vs BRI 78 Report Stats
        MEL 103vs WBU 64 Report Stats
        PTA 43vs RIC 76 Report Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 9
        Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
        SYD 122vs CAR 62 Report Stats
        Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
        HAW 93vs GCF 40 Report Stats
        MEL 54vs PTA 115 Report Stats
        WBU 113vs GWS 68 Report Stats
        RIC 72vs ESS 59 Report Stats
        ADE 57vs FRE 68 Report Stats
        Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
        BRI 86vs STK 108 Report Stats
        COL 112vs NTH 95 Report Stats
        WCE 120vs GEE 64 Report Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 10
        Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
        FRE 70vs RIC 97 Report Stats
        Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
        CAR 90vs ADE 99 Report Stats
        GCF 41vs SYD 93 Report Stats
        ESS 53vs GEE 122 Report Stats
        PTA 100vs WBU 62 Report Stats
        Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
        GWS 97vs BRI 67 Report Stats
        NTH 85vs WCE 75 Report Stats
        STK 69vs HAW 132 Report Stats
        Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
        MEL 85vs COL 110 Report Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 11
        Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
        PTA 69vs GEE 92 Report Stats
        Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
        GCF 46vs FRE 53 Report Stats
        WCE 96vs ESS 46 Report Stats
        NTH 75vs SYD 91 Report Report Stats
        Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
        COL 119vs GWS 77 Report Stats
        STK 85vs MEL 83 Report Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 12
        Thu, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
        ADE 85vs HAW 114 Report Stats
        Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
        RIC 70vs WCE 90 Report Stats
        Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
        CAR 110vs PTA 106 Report Stats
        GWS 61vs NTH 117 Report Stats
        WBU 146vs BRI 74 Report Stats
        Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
        GEE 89vs MEL 113 Report Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 13
        Thu, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
        FRE 80vs COL 73 Report Stats
        Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
        SYD 77vs RIC 95 Report Stats
        Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
        HAW 114vs ESS 76 Report Stats
        BRI 69vs ADE 82 Report Stats
        STK 56vs WBU 62 Report Stats
        Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
        CAR 103vs GCF 69 Report Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 14
        Thu, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
        SYD 94vs PTA 84 Report Stats
        Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
        COL 91vs HAW 101 Report Stats
        Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
        RIC 78vs GWS 69 Report Stats
        GCF 125vs NTH 70 Report Stats
        WBU 64vs CAR 53 Report Stats
        MEL 60vs WCE 114 Report Stats
        Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
        ESS 52vs STK 162 Stats
        ADE vs GEE 15:20Adelaide Oval
        FRE 84vs BRI 48 Report Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 15
        Thu, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
        PTA 66vs COL 63 Report Stats
        Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
        RIC 71vs CAR 41 Report Stats
        Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
        ESS 69vs MEL 60 Report Stats
        WBU 95vs GCF 73 Report Stats
        NTH 120vs GEE 79 Report Stats
        WCE 147vs ADE 91 Report Stats
        Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
        GWS 84vs STK 49 Report Stats
        HAW 115vs FRE 43 Report Stats
        BRI 49vs SYD 70 Report Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 16
        Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
        NTH 93vs ESS 68 Report Stats
        Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
        GEE 72vs WBU 64 Report Stats
        GCF 79vs GWS 94 Report Stats
        COL 56vs WCE 87 Report Stats
        SYD 57vs HAW 146 Report Stats
        FRE 95vs CAR 53 Report Stats
        Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
        MEL 60vs BRI 36 Report Stats
        PTA 113vs ADE 116 Report Stats
        STK 73vs RIC 89 Report Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 17
        Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
        CAR 35vs HAW 173 Report Stats
        Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
        GWS 42vs GEE 69 Stats
        ADE 125vs GCF 80 Stats
        RIC 78vs FRE 82 Stats
        ESS 116vs PTA 129 Stats
        BRI 38vs NTH 110 Report Stats
        Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
        WBU 104vs COL 86 Report Stats
        MEL 46vs STK 83 Report Stats
        WCE 103vs SYD 51 Report Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 18
        Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
        HAW 53vs RIC 71 Report Stats
        Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
        GEE 113vs BRI 57 Stats
        COL 54vs MEL 91 Report Stats
        SYD 117vs ADE 65 Report Stats
        CAR 54vs NTH 118 Report Stats
        GCF 83vs WCE 83 Report Stats
        Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
        PTA 112vs STK 49 Report Stats
        ESS 40vs WBU 127 Report Stats
        FRE 84vs GWS 63 Report Stats
        View All Fixtures
        Round 19
        Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
        ADE ($2.15)vs RIC ($1.70) 19:50Adelaide Oval
        Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
        COL ($1.22)vs CAR ($4.35) 13:45MCG
        WBU ($1.73)vs PTA ($2.10) 14:10ES
        BRI ($2.45)vs GCF ($1.55) 16:35G
        GEE ($2.15)vs SYD ($1.70) 19:20SS
        WCE ($2.20)vs HAW ($1.67) 19:40Domain Stadium
        Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
        MEL ($3.80)vs NTH ($1.27) 13:10MCG
        GWS ($1.33)vs ESS ($3.35) 15:20Spotless Stadium
        STK ($3.70)vs FRE ($1.28) 16:40ES
        View All Fixtures
        Round 20
        Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
        SYD ($1.25)vs COL ($3.70) 19:50SCG
        Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
        ESS ($2.50)vs ADE ($1.50) 13:45ES
        NTH ($1.28)vs STK ($3.50) 14:10BA
        PTA ($1.25)vs GWS ($3.70) 16:35Adelaide Oval
        GEE ($4.30)vs HAW ($1.20) 19:20MCG
        BRI ($1.70)vs CAR ($2.10) 19:20G
        Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
        RIC ($1.15)vs GCF ($5.00) 13:10MCG
        WBU ($1.33)vs MEL ($3.15) 15:20ES
        FRE ($1.87)vs WCE ($1.87) 16:40Domain Stadium
        View All Fixtures
        Round 21
        Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
        HAW ($1.18)vs PTA ($4.60) 19:50ES
        Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
        COL ($2.35)vs RIC ($1.55) 13:45MCG
        GWS ($3.50)vs SYD ($1.28) 14:10Spotless Stadium
        GCF ($1.40)vs ESS ($2.95) 16:35MS
        STK ($2.80)vs GEE ($1.40) 19:20ES
        ADE ($1.08)vs BRI ($6.75) 19:40Adelaide Oval
        Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
        NTH ($2.00)vs FRE ($1.75) 13:10ES
        CAR ($2.25)vs MEL ($1.60) 15:20MCG
        WCE ($1.18)vs WBU ($4.60) 16:40Domain Stadium
        View All Fixtures
        Round 22
        Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
        GEE ($1.50)vs COL ($2.50) 19:50MCG
        Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
        GWS ($1.22)vs CAR ($3.70) 13:45Spotless Stadium
        HAW ($1.01)vs BRI ($13.00) 14:10AS
        NTH ($1.70)vs WBU ($2.10) 16:35ES
        ESS ($5.00)vs RIC ($1.15) 19:20MCG
        GCF ($2.50)vs PTA ($1.50) 19:20MS
        Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
        ADE ($2.95)vs WCE ($1.38) 13:10Adelaide Oval
        STK ($3.80)vs SYD ($1.25) 15:20ES
        FRE ($1.07)vs MEL ($7.50) 16:40Domain Stadium
        View All Fixtures
        Round 23
        Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
        COL ($1.50)vs ESS ($2.50) 00:00MCG
        RIC ($1.70)vs NTH ($2.10) 00:00ES
        HAW ($1.01)vs CAR ($13.00) 00:00MCG
        GEE ($1.50)vs ADE ($2.50) 00:00SS
        SYD ($1.05)vs GCF ($8.00) 00:00SCG
        MEL ($1.87)vs GWS ($1.87) 00:00ES
        BRI ($3.05)vs WBU ($1.35) 00:00G
        PTA ($2.15)vs FRE ($1.65) 00:30Adelaide Oval
        WCE ($1.06)vs STK ($8.00) 02:00Domain Stadium
        View All Fixtures
        AFL 2015
        Overall standings
        Team P W L D % Pts
        Fremantle 17 15 2 0 127.06 60
        West Coast Eagles 17 13 3 1 154.43 54
        Hawthorn 17 12 5 0 164.23 48
        Sydney Swans 17 12 5 0 115.86 48
        Western Bulldogs 17 11 6 0 113.12 44
        Richmond 17 11 6 0 112.43 44
        North Melbourne 17 10 7 0 107.19 40
        Geelong Cats 16 9 7 0 102.42 38
        View all
         

        Follow Us on Facebook

        Featured advertisers