Take your Mick

Francis Leach with a timely comparison of two Micks: Mulvey and Malthouse.


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  1. Stainless says

    Great article. The personalities and motivations of coaches are fascinating and these two are an amazing contrast.

    It’s paradoxical that Malthouse, in the twilight of a long career and with little to prove, seems incredibly pressured and stressed, whilst a relatively young man like Mulvey appears so calm and relaxed despite seemingly having much more at stake.

    I’m staggered at how cowed and hesitant the media seem to be in Malthouse’s press conferences. No-one seems capable of standing up to him and challenging either his tactics or his taciturn behaviour.

  2. I enjoyed this article too. And I agree.

    I wrote an article for the Almanac the other day on Malthouse. I think that his desire to prove Collingwood wrong could be his undoing because he doesn’t seem to be taking the Blues’ players with him. Once upon a time he would have been a great coach to play for but this doesn’t seem to be the case now.

    I don’t know much of Mulvey, but from what you wrote I think I would like to be coached by him!

  3. Malcolm Ashwood says

    It is interesting re Malthouse he is on , 5aa with , Stephen Rowe and Chris McDermott weekly and is engaging and yet he seems to dismiss the media at all other times and is Grumpy Mick most of the time , yet most players who have played under him speak glowingly especially privately about him , a fascinating character .
    Mick Mulvey just gets it and understands the whole concept of his sport which is just so refreshing thanks , Francis

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