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Statement from the Carlton Football Club:
The Carlton Football Club Board has today advised Mick Malthouse that his contract as senior coach has been terminated effective immediately.
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 not making a change now would only exacerbate our current position.
We must be united in assessing where we presently are and where we want to go. Without unity we simply won’t get there.
I must stress that we do not accept 2015 as a write off.
John Barker will serve as our interim senior coach. I am confident that his strong leadership and respectful relationship with the playing group will ensure he steps into this role seamlessly. He will be aided by the experience of Rob Wiley and Dean Laidley, who will continue to fulfill their current roles, along with our other assistant coaches.
John will nurture our younger talent and give them a chance to shine, while balancing their skills with the experience of our more senior players.
This is also an opportunity for our players to demonstrate their commitment and show their passion for our jumper.
In coming weeks the Club will determine the make-up of an independent selection committee that will begin the process of finding the best equipped individual to coach Carlton in 2016 and beyond. This committee will consider only the best candidates for the role. It will be a genuine and exhaustive process.
In closing, I would like to acknowledge Mick Malthouse’s contribution to Carlton and the broader football community. He is rightly described as a legend of the game.
The role of a senior coach is demanding and uncompromising, one that takes true passion and dedication. Carlton is grateful to have been a part of his coaching legacy.
This decision was not made easily. AFL football is ultimately about people and relationships. Unfortunately, in this case the relationship regrettably has not worked.
Now we must look to the future. We have an enormous amount of work ahead of us both on and off the field. It will take some time, but I am confident that we will make Carlton a strong and proud football club once again.