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AFL buck stops with Mick at Collingwood

By Roger Vaughan 09/05/2005 08:12:45 PM Comments (0)

A day after the bottom fell out of Collingwood's AFL season, coach Mick Malthouse declared the buck stopped with him.

Malthouse and the Magpies went on the front foot after their return from Perth, where Fremantle humiliated Collingwood by 112 points.

Breaking from his usual weekly media routine, Malthouse held a packed press conference on Monday afternoon.

"The buck stops with the coach," he said.

"I am responsible for the staff and football, so the buck stops there."

Scott Burns sat next to him as Malthouse backtracked from his post-match comments that the veteran midfielder was under "enormous pressure" to hold his place in the team.

Malthouse also freely discussed his future at Collingwood, saying he had no idea what would happen when his contract expires at the end of next season.

"As coaches you don't often get the opportunity to be telling people you want to go to 2007 and 2008," he said.

"It's the club's responsibility through its board, to its members, to see what's the best option.

"I'm not going to put the club through that process... sometimes it's out of your hands.

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