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Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has confirmed WA football great Robert Wiley will join his revamped Blues football department as director of coaching and development.

And although Malthouse will only start official duties in replacing sacked former boss Brett Ratten on November 1, he will attend the club's first day of the annual trade week talks and also plans to soon have his assistants in place.

But he also denied he would be rushed or "pressured" into making appointments as the club deals with the futures of several existing football department members. Malthouse said he had met with only five Carlton players since he was officially announced coach last week and did not expect to address the full group until the first week of November.

He said the players were then scheduled to almost immediately travel to a pre-season training camp in Arizona.

He denied the later start with his players would cause a problem, claiming it would allow him to complete his media commitments and a tour to promote a book written by his daughter Christi on his family's football life. It would also give him time away from the players to assemble his coaching group and ensure they were all schooled on the game plan and structures he wanted to employ.

"There's no dramas," Malthouse said. "It's not me time, but you would rather do your prep in that regard and not having to worry about the players being around. Robbie (Wiley) will come on board and I need to then work with the other coaches.

"You can't have them turn up to the first day of training and they have little or no idea what you're talking about. It's an education between now and then just to go through the game structures so that they are very familiar with what I want."

Malthouse had his first list meeting at Carlton last Friday, but with his many remaining commitments he would rely heavily on staff members before he started full-time.

He said that while he would attend trade week, he would also instruct the club's list management staff on what he thought the Blues needed to improve their on-field fortunes.

"The list is what I thought it was," Malthouse said.

"There's no use going there and saying this is the ultimate list because it's not and changes will be made. But what I have got are people I do know because I coached a few of them in the Australian side (in 2010). I feel very comfortable with them and it is important they feel comfortable with me.

"The biggest thing right now is to get the training camp organised and training organised so that we can at least get through to Christmas knowing what we have to do. Football clubs are football clubs which all have their own histories and cultures. You just want to add to it."

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