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Malthouse set to be named Blues coach tomorrow
Mick Malthouse during a commentary stint this season. Pic: Getty Images

Mick Malthouse is expected to be named as the new Carlton coach at a press conference tomorrow.

Malthouse is set to replace Brett Ratten, who was sacked by the Blues after a dismal 2012 campaign which saw them miss the finals.

West Australian Rob Wiley, a teammate of Malthouse's when Richmond won the flag in 1980, is tipped to join him at Princes Park.

Malthouse, who was linked with the job even before Ratten was axed, said he had nothing to do with Carlton's decision last week to terminate the contracts of assistants Mark Riley, Paul Williams and Alan Richardson.

“That is an internal process that Carlton has run with, that is the way it has worked out, Malthouse told 3AW on Sunday.

“I do not sack people when I have not signed with the football club - what say have I got?

“They make the decisions.”

Malthouse admitted when he was senior coach at Collingwood that there was a “difference of opinion” involving Richardson and other members of the football department.

Richardson, a highly-rated assistant coach, eventually left the club.

“The issues were not necessarily with myself - but he had a problem or a run-in with another assistant coach and into the fitness section,” Malthouse said.

Three-time premiership coach Malthouse left Collingwood following last season's grand final loss to Geelong after deciding not to take up his role as director of coaching.

Malthouse has worked as a football commentator on the Seven Network this season.

The West Australian

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