BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25: Blues coach Mick Malthouse looks on during the round nine AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Carlton Blues at The Gabba on May 25, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Carlton CEO Steven Trigg has admitted that Carlton may be forced to sack Mick Malthouse before the end of the season.

Trigg spoke to 3AW last night prior to Carlton’s 77-point loss to Geelong, and said that the club may have to re-think its position on the coach.

“There’s potentially a point, but we’re also striving to be respectful of Mick to try and get to a situation where we can work our way out of this,” Trigg said on 3AW on Friday night.

Malthouse’s comments during Thursday’s press conference puts him at odds with the CEO as Trigg was surprised at the comments, in which Malthouse claimed that sudden talk of a re-build by the club had left his players ‘devoid’ of confidence.

“I was probably surprised because Mick knows, we all know, that he’s been involved in every list management meeting over the summer … and therefore knows the work that’s in front of us and the plan that’s at hand to build Carlton back to a dominant position in terms of the list,” Trigg said.

“He knows all that and he also knows that we chose deliberately to use that phrase … because he was involved in all of those meetings.”

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Continued poor crowds and performances like last night’s loss to the Cats will also add further pressure on the club to act.

“It will put a lot of pressure on all of us and from Mick’s perspective he will be potentially asking himself that question as well – that’s just the reality,” he said.