MICK Malthouse has revealed he is interested in coaching again, but not at Port Adelaide, and has recommended the Power pursue forgotten former coach Terry Wallace.
Malthouse, a three-time premiership coach, has been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Matthew Primus, with the Power keen to pursue an experienced replacement.
Malthouse said he would only coach a Victorian side and any overtures from Port would be a ”waste of time”.
Rodney Eade has emerged as the front-runner for the Port Adelaide role, but Malthouse was quick to turn the spotlight on Wallace, the former Western Bulldogs and Richmond coach.
Wallace coached the Bulldogs from 1996 to 2002, when he left on messy terms, and the Tigers from 2005 until late in the 2009 campaign.
Asked about the Power approaching Eade, Malthouse said: ”He has got experience, certainly a finals coach, he knows what it’s like in the big league … [but] I would look at Terry Wallace.”
Malthouse denied Wallace, a media commentator, had been out of the game for too long. ”No, because he is right over the top of the game. He has been watching the game,” he said on Adelaide radio.
”I know he has a hold on the game, he thinks about it very much in the terms probably I would, playing to players’ strengths.”
Wallace guided the Bulldogs to two preliminary finals but failed to feature in September with the Tigers.
”He is the sort of bloke that could bring discipline, a bit of flair where needed. He is a person players like. By and large you hear a lot of good stuff about Terry Wallace,” Malthouse said. Eade is now football and coaching strategist at Collingwood, helping first-season senior coach Nathan Buckley.
Malthouse said Port Adelaide should also consider Dean Laidley, the former North Melbourne coach who is now an assistant at St Kilda, and Peter Sumich, a long-time assistant at West Coast now with Fremantle. Sumich had a strong background but agreed he might not have the charisma possibly required for the top job.
Now working in the media, Malthouse said he would be interested in coaching again. ”The only way I would get back into coaching, it would have to be in Melbourne,” he said. ”That’s being selfish in many respects, but … probably for the right reasons.”
Malthouse said the new Port Adelaide coach would need up to seven years to transform the club. ”A coach that takes on a role like that, he is probably not going to get any more than three, maybe four [years], if he is worthy of it,” he said.
”You would need probably six or seven years to settle the dust, have a close look at what you have got, weigh up the draft – now it’s not going to be the barrier it was in the last couple of seasons – what players you have got of currency, what game structure you have got, how long is it going to take to reorganise the game structure if, in fact, it needs reorganising, what is [Travis] Boak doing.”
Interim Power coach Garry Hocking said he would not know whether to apply for the top job until after the season.
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