Author(s): Mick Malthouse & David Buttifant
Mick Malthouse was appointed as coach at the Collingwood Football Club at the beginning of 2000, a position he held until after the Grand Final of 2011. In the decade that he and David Buttifant, head of conditioning, were at the club, the duo shared in each other's achievements - including football's ultimate prize - and supported one another through tragedy and other life-changing events. This uniquely talented team reveal the secrets of preparing football sides, and athletes in general, for success. Mick and David chronicle the defining moments in their professional and personal lives, the discoveries made in those moments and the lessons learnt. Here, they pass these lessons on to you. Mick and David's insights are complemented by those of players, coaches, philosophers, politicians and poets who strive not just for improved performance, but that mysterious spiritual quality that transforms a collection of good individuals into a champion team. If you have an open mind and heart and are interested in success, or in simply improving yourself in any endeavour, The Ox is Slow but the Earth is Patient is that important first step.
Mick Malthouse, a father of four, began life in the country town of Wendouree, Ballarat. Mick's background was very modest and his father suffered from a debilitating illness when Mick was a young boy. Although young and living with his mother and his sister, the responsibility of 'man of the house' was thrust upon him. As all young men do, he battled with the vagaries of youth, but soon found his niche and began to play football with North Ballarat. From here he was recruited to the then VFL team St. Kilda and went on to play with Richmond for several years where he played in the 1980 Premiership Team. Following his retirement from playing, he commenced his coaching career at Footscray. Australian Rules football was developing across the country and Mick was soon headhunted and appointed senior coach of the recently established AFL team, the West Coast Eagles. Mick was successful while in WA, leading his players to two AFL Premierships in his ten-year tenure. After his proven succe