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Malthouse negotiations under way: Carlton
Michael Malthouse. Picture: Slattery Media Group

Mick Malthouse has reportedly begun negotiations with the Carlton Football Club regarding the coaching role vacated by Brett Ratten.

The AFL’s official website has reported that the former Collingwood premiership coach was the hot favourite to take the helm.

It reported Blues chief executive Greg Swann as saying that meetings had occurred and “will continue to happen”.

Swann also confirmed that club president Stephen Kernahan had spoken to former Sydney Swans premiership coach Paul Roos.

“The president has spoken to Paul Roos, he’s had a couple of conversations with him, so that’s happening as well and obviously we’ve made contact with Mick’s management,” Swann told the club’s weekly online show The Blue Print.

He confirmed one candidate was “more favoured than the other”.

Swann rejected the notion that the Blues had entered into negotiations before Ratten had finished up his coaching duties with Sunday's loss to St Kilda.

“Everybody is keen to say that it was a done deal - it wasn't a done deal,” he said.

In other news, Swann said negotiations had begun with Brock McLean's management with the chief executive confident he will remain at the club.

The West Australian

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