Mick Malthouse appeared on the AFL Footy Show on Thursday night, and it really was a masterclass in terms of hard-hitting interviews.
Sam Newman- who conducted most of the interview- prodded Mick on his role at Collingwood next year.
Sam, impressively, honed in on one point and one point in particular- if he trusts Eddie to provide him with the right role next year (as Director of Coaching), why won’t he say “categorically” that he will be at Collingwood under Nathan Buckley.
Malthouse’s bemused silence after some of his questions really said it all. He also admitted that there is a chance he won’t be at Collingwood next year.
If we have learnt anything from Sam’s questioning, it’s that all this is still very much up in the air, or as Sam says, the “door” is still “wide open”.
But, even though there is still raging speculation, there were some things that Mick could confidently say.
He got Mick to say categorically “If the job’s not right”, he won’t be there.
James Brayshaw also tipped in with a very tough question indeed: If he was Buckley, “Would (he) want to be in that situation (with Mick Malthouse looking over everything he does)?”
This was also met with silence and more obfuscation.
Mick also admitted that he “can’t turn the tap off” (referring to an analogy about the passion for coaching being like a tap that you can’t turn on or off), signifying that he may not be able to just stop coaching, even though his wife may want him to for the moment.
But the most brilliant quotes actually came from Sam, who summed up the situation perfectly.
“His players want him to stay on as coach (and) Nanette [his wife] is ticked-off beyond belief (that he might be coaching again).”
… Also met with silence.
Above all, despite all the criticism The Footy Show draws, it still serves as a guide to how to ask the hard questions of someone, not to mention Sam’s disarmingly laconic style of interview being a remarkably successful one after all these years.
The show also featured a moving tribute to Allan “Yabby” Jeans, featuring Dermott Brereton telling of the last chat he ever had to him.
Yes, it can be stupid, but moments like these show while it’s still the leader among the footy show pack.
In what must be one of the most low-key, yet heated rivalries in the AFL, Sam Newman has thrown another barb at Before the Game panelist Samantha Lane.
Channel Ten was successfully sued this week for $85,000 after Nicole Cornes accused Mick Molloy of damaging her character after he implied that she slept with an AFL player.
Sam Newman, obviously still holding a grudge after she wrote a critical piece slamming the Footy Show for their treatment of women, blasted Samantha Lane tonight for not writing a similarly condemnatory piece about her colleague Mick Molloy (she sits next to him on the Ten program).
Of course, this is not the first time Sam Newman, or in fact the Footy Show has accused Samantha of double standards. After she wrote her piece, The Footy Show highlighted how Samantha (who admittedly probably wasn’t responsible for writing the joke) laughed as the Before the Game team mocked at-the-time AFL player Nick Stevens for his apparent weight issues.
Tonight, Sam Newman began by calling Samantha “Sally Lane” and bringing up Mick’s trial verdict, and musing “I though she would probably come out with a piece (condemning Molloy)”.
But then he jokingly mentioned that it “…takes a couple of weeks for her to get outraged”.
He brought up again the fact that she “pasted” them over their actions, finally accusing her of “Selective outrage”, or double standards, given “she works on the same show (as Molloy)”.
He finished by saying “Maybe, Sally, you could actually write something about the show you’re on”.
Its hard to disagree that Samantha could be accused of only criticising opponents, and reserving public judgement on issues that may affect her employment, it’s difficult to start throwing around phrases such as “conflict of interest”.
Why? Because you’d be hard-pressed to find a media identity in the AFL these days who didn’t have some conflict of interest of some sort.
Eddie McGuire, to name but one, is the most obvious example, due to his status as President of the Collingwood Football Club, as well as the host of a Monday to Friday breakfast radio show, where he puts forth opinions, as well as breaks news about other clubs.
However, a more pertinent example would be none other than James Brayshaw. He is the President of the North Melbourne Football Club, but also has a drive-time radio show, calls the football on weekends and also hosts TWO football TV shows.
And though Sam Newman criticized Samantha for “selective” outrage, he could just the same point the same finger at the bloke next to him.
Only a couple of months ago, Sam Newman himself was the subject of a warning from ACMA over some “racist” comments he made about a Malaysian man.
In case you needed reminding, Sam Newman blatantly called the man a “monkey” and said he was “not long out of the forest”.
However, on the night, neither James Brayshaw or Garry Lyon made any attempt to castigate him (on air), let alone silence him- something, many may argue was in their best interests.
However, like Samantha Lane, Brayshaw is very willing to (rightfully) condemn others for similar displays of racism (he criticized a man who racially abused AFL player Majak Daw), only in Brayshaw’s case, he used the forum of his radio show, rather than a regular newspaper column.
Brayshaw would hardly have been expected to criticise Sam Newman in a similar way, so why should Sam be expected? It’s just really double standards on top of double standards- they’re everywhere, and at the end of the day, both parties come off looking a little silly.
While I don’t expect them to stop anytime soon, this fiery exchange could likely be brought to an abrupt end, with Samantha Lane’s Before the Game in great doubt for next year- so maybe The Footy Show will get the unlikely last laugh.
Here is a guide to the upcoming AFL guests on Free to Air TV this week (Round 15 of the 2011 AFL Premiership Season).
Thursday June 30
The Game Plan (One, 8:30pm) will feature Luke Ball, who will hopefully give a further insight into the AFLPA’s pay negotiations. It will also feature Chris Judd.
The Footy Show (Nine, 9:30pm) will feature power forwards Travis Cloke and Jack Riewoldt on the panel.
Saturday July 2
Before the Game (Ten, 6:30pm) will feature Western Bulldog’s midfielder and Brownlow medallist Adam Cooney, as well as fellow Bronlow medallist Chris Judd.
Fraser Gehrig will also appear on Fitzy’s “Draft Camp” segment.
Sunday July 3
AFL Game Day (Seven, 10am) will feature Cameron Ling, Jack Trengove and Steve Johnson.
Monday July 4
One Week at a Time (One, 9:30pm) will have Mark McVeigh sitting on the panel – watch for his comments on the Bombers’ form slump, and whether he still deserves his place in the team.