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Carlton announces Mick Malthouse out -

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MARK COLVIN: For three decades, Mick Malthouse has been a giant in the world of AFL, and his winning ways made him a Melbourne celebrity.

But now the most experienced coach in the AFL has gone from rooster to feather duster after a disastrous two years at the Carlton Football Club.

The former Collingwood coach couldn't duplicate his long run of success at Carlton, and his new club's chief executive has announced that he's out.

As Sarah Farnsworth reports, it was the veteran coach's 'back me or sack me' interview on radio that seems to have forced the club's hand.

SARAH FARNSWORTH: Just last night, the Carlton Football Club declared it would make a decision on Mick Malthouse's future within the next two weeks before round 11 got underway.

Then an interview on SEN radio this morning changed everything.

SEN HOST: Are you expecting to coach beyond the break then?

MICK MALTHOUSE: Well, I'll put this to you, Timmy, that if people can judge me after 30 years, what's two more weeks mean? That I'd lose it totally or I'd gain more knowledge about it, or I... I mean, there's not a lot to gain by two weeks, is there?

SARAH FARNSWORTH: He went on to say the chief executive, Steven Trigg, had told him Eddie Betts had already agreed to move to the Adelaide Crows 18 months out from the time he actually left Carlton - a claim the AFL says it will now investigate and Carlton vehemently denies.

Malthouse went on to reiterate he wouldn't stand down.

MICK MALTHOUSE: Boards crack under pressure and the first thing that goes is the coach because it relieves a bit of the pressure and they beat their chests.

SARAH FARNSWORTH: What followed was a snap meeting of Blues chiefs and the unsurprising announcement Malthouse was to go, effective immediately.

The veteran coach made no comment as he left the meeting. The president of Carlton, Mark LoGiudice, had this to say at a press conference.

MARK LOGIUDICE: As I communicated to Mick and our members yesterday, the decision on our senior coaching role was to be reviewed, considered and delivered in the week of the bye.

However, unfortunately, Mick's obvious public misalignment with the football club has resulted in a loss of trust between the club and coach.

The board today considered the situation had deteriorated to such an extent that by not making a change now would only exacerbate our current position.

SARAH FARNSWORTH: Asked if it was Malthouse's earlier interview that forced the club to act, the president said yes but would go no further.

MARK LOGIUDICE: Look, I am not going to go into detail. Everyone's got their own view on what Mick said, but from a board perspective, we thought that Mick's views weren't aligned with ours.

SARAH FARNSWORTH: He then added he's left last night's meeting believing Mick Malthouse was on board with the decision to wait two weeks before deciding on his future at the club.

MARK LOGIUDICE: When we sit in a meeting and we're all around the table, and we agree on a strategy, then that's what we expect.

REPORTER: So you were at that meeting yesterday thinking that Mick was on board?

MARK LOGIUDICE: Absolutely.

SARAH FARNSWORTH: As for the players, veteran Blues midfielder Chris Judd has spoken fondly of Malthouse, saying he never blamed any player for the team's poor performance.

CHRIS JUDD: Well there was no bitterness, and in what was a really intense situation for him, he handled it incredibly well. The main emotion is just one of sadness for Mick because he's a wonderful coach and he's been really put through the ringer throughout this whole process.

So we're sad for him, but we stick by the club.

SARAH FARNSWORTH: Former Hawthorn player and grandstand commentator Nick Holland listened to this morning's interview, and said he believes Malthouse's pride got in the way.

NICK HOLLAND: You've got to actually respect the president. He wanted to go through the process rather than be the Carlton of old that just made decisions irrationally and just splashed the cash around. Mick was at fault, he's just poked the bear once too often, and they were forced to make that decision.

SARAH FARNSWORTH: In a statement, Mick Malthouse said this saga has ended his coaching career for good. He thanked everyone he has ever worked with, and said he bears no grudges and has no regrets.

The Blues might have sacked him, but president Mark LoGiudice stilled paid homage to the veteran coach.

MARK LOGUIDICE: I would acknowledge Mick Malthouse's contribution to Carlton and the broader football community. He is rightly described as a legend of the game.

SARAH FARNSWORTH: The assistant coach John Barker will now step into his shoes while the club looks for a replacement.

MARK COLVIN: Sarah Farnsworth.