Aaah Mick. We’ll miss you buddy.

This weeks decision by the Blues was no great surprise. I had coffee and pizza on Lygon Street on Sunday. Nobody wanted to talk football.malthouse

Mick Malthouse is a cranky old bastard. Always has been.  He’s a strong willed football hardman who calls it as he sees it and who doesn’t waste time on foolish people.

As a West Coast Eagles man, I love the bloke.

Mick Malthouse created the West Coast Eagles of today.  Before Mick there was just a dream.  He delivered two premierships for the Eagles in 92 and 94 and we will always remember him fondly.

When you’re winning premierships, or even when you’re winning more games than you’re losing, it’s easy to get away with being a cranky old bastard. When you’re sitting 27th on the ladder and you don’t look like beating the Queanbeyan Under 10’s then it’s a little tougher.

malthouse pointingMicky was at times too outspoken. When he spoke to the media yesterday he virtually dared them to sack him….and they did.

This is the statement that Malthouse released to the public

FIRSTLY I wish to thank the Carlton Football Club for my brief time at the club and I wish the team well for the remainder of the season.

More generally I want to thank the AFL and the wider football community for allowing me to be part of their game, and for their continued support over the past 40 odd years. I have loved it all, the good and the bad.

I wish to thank all the players, coaches, assistants, football staff, presidents, directors, club volunteers, fans and everyone who has helped me and worked with me in my journey in this great game. I particularly thank my most recent team which has had to endure more than necessary in this difficult recent time.

It has been a varied career which has taken me the breadth of this great country and I believe the game, and I, have matured greatly during the past decades.

This concludes my coaching journey but I will enjoy viewing the game from afar and its progress.

I particularly want to thank my family who have been resilient and loyal beyond the call of duty at all times. I look forward to enjoying some of the spare time I now have as a family more than ever before.

To the media I wish you well — despite our constant battlefield……you might even miss me!