The Courier-Mail

Mick’s men face same Blue doom


CARLTON’S massive staff exodus could extend to their coaching ranks, with all of Mick Malthouse’s assistant coaches out of contract.

Blues chief executive Steven Trigg said on Tuesday it was too early to discuss their futures, with the assistant coaches contracted until October.

But sacked coach Malthouse has already expressed concern for assistants including John Barker, Robert Wiley, Dean Laidley and Brad Green.

Carlton’s new senior coach would likely be given permission to hand-pick some or all of his assistants, which threatens the job security of Malthouse’s men.

Barker last night kicked off a 14-match stint as the club’s caretaker coach, tasked with nurturing the club’s young players and restoring unity.

Malthouse told Fox Footy he was scared for those assistant coaches, after luring Wiley back into football three years ago.

“My fear of leaving Carlton is my staff will disintegra­te,” Malthouse said.

“A new coach will come in (and move them on).”

Carlton have already turned over 20 of their administra­tive and football posts in the past year, with head recruiter Shane Rogers taking a payout believed to be six months of his salary.

Carlton says their coaching subcommitt­ee will have an open mind about its new coach but there is a feeling the Blues need real experience to spearhead the rebuild.

Alan Richardson, (50, with coaching experience at five AFL clubs), Ken Hinkley (48, coaching experience at three clubs) and Phil Walsh (55, footy experience at five clubs) all tick that box.

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