Why Malthouse is the right pick
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Mick Malthouse has denied he'll be out for revenge if he takes over at Carlton. (AFL/Slattery images)
Mick Malthouse is the perfect fit for the Blues, and will turn them into a premiership contender within two years.
A bold statement but let’s look at the ingredients he has for his next coaching recipe.
The fire still burns within – this is obvious when you hear his commentary, he has the passion. He is still fit and young enough at 59 to be at the top of his game and pass on his experience.
Alex Ferguson turns 71 in December and is chasing his umpteenth English Premier League Title, while Tom Coughlin, this year’s Super Bowl winner with New York, has just turned 66. Mick’s still got time on his side.
He gets results whenever he starts at a new club, and improves the team within a couple of seasons.
Looking back at his previous history it’s a stand-out. The previous three seasons at Footscray before Mick assumed duties they won a total of 15 games from 1981-1983. From 84-86 the Dogs won 38 – that’s an improvement of over 150%. The Eagles were 31 wins 87-89, and then Mick had 50 wins 90-92, an improvement of over 60%.
The Pies had 21 wins in 97-99, and from 2000-02 Mick had 31 wins, just short of a 50% improvement again.
This time he will inherit a side that is one of only six that have won a minimum 11 games in each of the last three seasons. They are a good side, he doesn’t have to rebuild like the Pies and Dogs, this is more like the Eagles.
The Blues have a good list of 24-28 year olds who have entered their career peak – Hampson, Bower, Murphy, Warnock, Armfield, Betts, Jamison, Russell, Walker, McLean, Duigan, Simpson and Carrazzo. Plus there’s a bloke called Judd who turns 29 this week.
Just as importantly, he has some 23 year olds and under proven talent to work with in Gibbs, Kreuzer, Robinson, Garlett, Henderson and Yarran.
He needs thick skin to survive at the Blues, as they have a tendency to eat their own.
They sacked Jezza twice, Walls and now Ratten. Not forgetting outsiders like Parkin twice, Brittain and Pagan whom, to be fair, inherited a shocking list and drafting restrictions.
Anyone who can survive at the Pies for 10 years with Eddie as president, plus coach a team in what was predominantly a one team town at the time in the Eagles, understands pressure.
If the rumours are true and it’s three million over three years I think, Blues fans, the money will be well spent. Enjoy the ride.