Speculation that veteran Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse will leave the club at the end of 2009 has continued after confirmation his manager has been in talks with with club officials.
However, Malthouse’s manager Peter Sidwell has indicated both club and coach want the partnership to continue beyond this season.
But with coach-in-waiting Nathan Buckley looking on from the sidelines, much water has to go under the bridge before a decision is made.
An interesting byplay is the friendship of Malthouse and Buckley, which has had some fans speculating about the possibility of a “handover” season in which the newcomer assists the old-hand before taking charge the following year.
Malthouse has appeared agitated at times this season and has shown the strain of a team battling with injury and form.
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