Mick Malthouse says he is focused only on this week's game against Geelong. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac.

Malthouse ‘done to death’ on coaching debate

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says he is fed up with the furore surrounding his coaching future, with his focus solely on this week’s game against Geelong.

Malthouse was emphatic when quizzed about his future.

“That’s another irrelevance to me. I’m talking about Geelong,” Malthouse said.

“I’m done to death on that.”

The coaching games record holder also said Carlton’s poor recent record against Geelong was of no consequence.

“I don’t think it’s worth going back to last year, they’re set in concrete, they’re done…It’s not a relevance.”

Malthouse explained that injuries have been a big factor in his side’s disastrous start to 2015.

“We thought we had a really solid list of backline players …there’s a block of eight players that we’ve probably had two available.”

Amid speculation that Lachie Henderson could be on the way out of Carlton, Malthouse said it is not his job to keep up to date with player contracts.

“I don’t know what Lachie’s going to do, I know he’s not playing this week.”

“I couldn’t even tell you if he’s a free agent. My job is to coach, I’ve got no bearing on who goes and who comes unless it’s the end of the year.”

The three-time Premiership coach said that the term ‘rebuild’ has had a negative effect on his playing group, which has been difficult to overcome.

“Whether it be the club or the press, people have said we are rebuilding, that’s a big hurdle to overcome mentally.”

The Carlton coach rubbished claims that his side display a lack of effort on the field, despite the 78 point loss to the Giants on the weekend.

“We misinterpret getting thrashed as no effort,” he said.

“All our data that came back last week that we chased. We chased and did far greater kilometres per player and efforts that are done over a second than in any other game.

“We played a very good football side and we are devoid of confidence.”

Watch the full press conference at www.heraldsun.com.au

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