As Carlton continue to slide in the AFL, coach Mick Malthouse insists he is going nowhere.
The Blues’ woes hit a new low on Sunday when Brisbane upset them by nine points at Etihad Stadium.
It left Gold Coast, Carlton and Brisbane at the bottom of the ladder on one win apiece, with the Blues second-last on percentage.
Sunday’s loss followed the appalling surrender to Collingwood the week before.
The pressure will ramp up further, but Malthouse was predictably defiant when asked after the Brisbane loss about his future.
“I find that strange that you’d ask,” the three-time premiership coach said.
“What’s my history? Turn the toes up and go, you reckon?
“No – the simple fact is that while there is a job to be done I will be doing it as best as I possibly can, along with the rest of my match committee.”
But Malthouse also admitted the job facing him is huge.
“We were better, our attitude was a lot better, but we know where we’re at – if we’re not on the bottom then we’ve bottomed right out,” he said.
“We can accept it or we can keep having a crack at it at round six going into round seven.
“So this will be a great test of the football club, match committee and in particular the playing group.”
One piece of good news for Carlton is Matthew Kreuzer’s successful comeback in the VFL on Sunday.
Kreuzer had been out of action since February with a foot fracture and he might come into the team for Saturday’s home game against GWS.
While Carlton desperately need players to lift, Malthouse said they cannot keep expecting veteran Chris Judd to do the job.
Judd spent time in attack during Sunday’s loss.
“We’ve got to really protect him,” Malthouse said.
“He’s been such a wonderful player in the AFL and I think just asking him to come up against some of these young blokes minute by minute is not wise – he won’t get through the game.
“You’ve got to ween yourself off players – you can’t just think that the go-to player has got to be Chris Judd all the time.
“That’s not the way that the club is going to go forward.”