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Magpies coach Malthouse a tosser: Hardie

By Justin Chadwick 09/06/2009 07:52:09 PM Comments (0)

Brownlow Medallist Brad Hardie has launched an extraordinary tirade against Mick Malthouse, labelling the Collingwood coach a "tosser" for leaving him out of his dream team.

Ahead of his 600-game coaching milestone, Malthouse was asked to pick an ultimate team of 22 containing only players he had coached during his stints at the helm of Western Bulldogs, West Coast and Collingwood.

Hardie played under Malthouse at the Bulldogs for two seasons, winning the Brownlow Medal in 1985 and winning the club champion award in 1986, as well as being named a temporary captain that year.

But he was a surprise omission when Malthouse named his team.

To add salt to the wound, Hardie didn't even make Malthouse's alternate team, which consisted of 31 players.

Hardie has no doubt his omission was due to his running feud with Malthouse, which stemmed from a falling out way back in 1986.

"The bloke is a tosser. That's my feeling on him," Hardie told radio 6PR on Monday night.

"There are a lot of people in the industry that think it but don't have the balls to say it.

"If it is his favourite team that is fine I am not going to be in his favourite team, if it his best team yes I should be in it.

"The reason I should be in his best team - I played 47 games for the Bulldogs, that was all I could play, never missed a game, never got dropped.

"I won the club champion award in 1986 which Mick would have voted on, ran third in 1985 which Mick would have been voting on.

"I won the Brownlow Medal in 1985 which Mick was not voting on but was obviously doing something right.

"I played in the state games in 1986 and won a Simpson and a Tassie medal which I am very proud of."

Malthouse will join Jock McHale (714) and Kevin Sheedy (635) as the only men to have coached 600 games or more when he takes charge of Collingwood against Sydney on June 20.

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