AFL record looms for Malthouse

Mick Malthouse worries his record-breaking AFL game is going to be a burden and he will be glad when it is done.

While the Carlton coach appreciates the significance of what he is about to do, Malthouse says he is yet to reflect on it.

Saturday’s 40-point Anzac Day win over St Kilda in Wellington was the 714th time Malthouse has coached an AFL team.

That equals the official record of Collingwood legend Jock McHale.

Malthouse will break the record in Friday night’s MCG blockbuster against the Magpies.

It has been a tough build-up, with Saturday’s win the first of the season for the Blues.

Carlton and Malthouse have been under intense scrutiny, with the coach saying this week some sections of the media have disrespected him.

“I’m not going to treat it with disdain cause I think Jock McHale certainly deserves more than that,” Malthouse said after Saturday’s win.

“But the reality is we come into this game and the last thing I thought about was any such number.

“Quite frankly … I can see it being a burden (next week) because already there’s comparisons. There’s numbers; there’s ‘he’s a great bloke’; there’s all sorts of comparisons and I’m not into that.”

Malthouse added he would take time at some stage to appreciate the achievement and planned to have as many family members as possible at next Friday’s game.

“I will reflect at some stage and I think it’s better to reflect than get caught up in (it),” he said.

“But having said that, I will have my family there and hopefully all of my grandchildren there.

“I hope we as a team can perform and the number will roll on and we’ll get it over and done with.

“I’m not minimising it, believe me.”

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