More relaxed Malthouse won’t be settling scores from the commentary box
also be recruited for the traditional Collingwood v Essendon Anzac Day clash.
Malthouse has had a sometimes-testy relationship with Buckley, admitting they were ‘‘ never the best of mates’’. He was clearly unhappy when Magpies president Eddie Mcguire devised the plan to make Buckley coach from 2012.
Despite that, the 58-year- old says he will be providing ‘‘ advice’’ rather than criticism from the commentary box.
‘‘ I’m not going to destroy anyone,’’ Malthouse says. ‘‘ You’ve got to speak your mind but I don’t think there’s going to be anything personal.’’
Malthouse joins an expanded Seven commentary team headed by Bruce Mcavaney and Dennis Cometti, set to call four AFL matches each week.
New recruits include former Geelong and Swans captains Cameron Ling and Brett Kirk.
Seven will screen AFL matches on its main channel as well as digital channel 7Mate.
Malthouse sounds positively relaxed in the lead-up to the start of the AFL home and away season.
In past years, Malthouse would be totally immersed in pre-season tactics. Last week, he had time to take his grandchildren to Melbourne’s Moomba Festival. He’s even cracking jokes.
‘‘ It is a different world (for me) now. I used to be so totally absorbed in what was taking place in what is a very narrow corridor of life (AFL football).
‘‘ When you’re coaching it’s all or nothing. Now I’m getting to spend more time with the wife (Nanette), though I’m not sure if she likes that.’’
Malthouse believes Collingwood, Geelong and Hawthorn are the teams to beat in 2012. Fremantle, with new coach Ross Lyon, could also mount a challenge.
Can the Magpies go one better and snatch another flag with new coach Buckley?
Yes, says Malthouse. Hawthorn v Collingwood, Channel 7, March 30, 7.30pm
New man: It’s a different world for Mick Malthouse.