MICHAEL MALTHOUSE has been involved in Australian Football at the Highest Level as a player and a Coach since 1972.
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Malthouse has become a household name and has proven his doubters wrong since he learnt the ropes as a Bank Teller in the City of Ballarat. Malthouse was recruited from the North Ballarat club by St Kilda in 1972 and played 53 Games and kicked 5 Goals for the club until 1976. At the time there was a plethora of similarly built defenders at St Kilda and legendary Coach Alan Jeans indicated that Malthouse may struggle to achieve a regular spot in the team.
In 1976 Michael Malthouse transferred to Richmond where he etched a fine record as a tough and relentless Back Pocket player. Malthouse went on to play 121 Games and kicked 10 Goals for Richmond until his retirement in 1983.
Michael Malthouse played in the 1980 Premiership Team and unfortunately missed out on the 1982 Premiership Team due to a shoulder injury, although he had bravely attempted to prove his fitness for the game. Malthouse had been involved in a number of fiery incidents later in his career, which coincided with his reputation as a ruthless defender.
The demands he has always made of his players epitomise the application and dedication he showed throughout his playing career, and those who knew Malthouse well , would have expected nothing less.
His Coaching career started straight away at the Footscray Club (now named the Western Bulldogs), and under his guidance the Bulldogs played in the Finals in his second year of coaching. This achievement surprised many AFL pundits and endeared Malthouse to many AFL followers who were impressed with his ability to form a cohesive Team Unit at a Club that had been decades without success.
The personal qualities of Michael Malthouse obviously played a huge role in his appointment as Coach of the West Coast Eagles in 1990, becoming the first Non Western Australian to coach the Club. The wise men of the West were proven to have made the correct decision when a Malthouse-led West Coast Eagles won both the 1992 and 1994 AFL Premierships, and were very competitive throughout his reign.
In 2000, Michael Malthouse returned t0 his native Victoria where he took up the High Profile Coaching Role at the Collingwood Magpies Football Club, with the strong support of President Eddie McGuire. The Magpies have made the Finals Series in most years with Malthouse at the helm, however their best chance of a Premiership Win was taken away during the Premiership Treble by the Brisbane Lions in the 2001-2003 period when the Magpies suffered a nail-biting Grand Final loss in 2002.
Michael Malthouse has been a Leader of Men and has developed many fine young men as footballers and as community members, and it is fitting that when he completes his Term at Collingwood, that he will hand the role to one of his greatest disciples, the legendary Magpie, Nathan Buckley.
UPDATE- 3/10/2011- Michael Malthouse officially stepped down as Senior Coach at Collingwood, with job transferring to Nathan Buckley as planned.
UPDATE- 12/09/2012- Michael Malthouse has been appointed the Senior Coach at the Carlton Blues for AFL Season 2013.
UPDATE – 26/05/2015 – Michael Malthouse has today had his contract terminated by the Carlton Football Club Board .
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