Former Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse has laid bare his dislike of new Melbourne chief executive Gary Pert.
The bad blood over Mick Malthouse's departure from Collingwood has resurfaced, with the former AFL coach tearing into Gary Pert.
Malthouse clearly feels that Melbourne blundered by hiring Pert as their new chief executive, claiming Collingwood staff were happy he vacated the same role last year.
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire also weighed into the stoush on Friday morning, saying Malthouse and Pert were played off against each other at times.
Malthouse did not mince his words on Thursday night, minutes after it emerged that Pert would succeed Peter Jackson as the Demons boss.
It comes less than a year after Pert announced he was resigning after a decade as Collingwood CEO.
"I'm just interested - with the way he left Collingwood, for a start, and he finds himself ... getting that job at Melbourne straight away," Malthouse told the ABC.
"There was a lot of hostility when he left and a lot of things they said they needed to get right.
"So to bring a person back into the game that quick ... I'm very surprised.
"There just seemed to be, from what I can gather, a bit of relief from staff ... I heard they were pleased he went, put it that way."
Malthouse freely admitted he does not like Pert, saying the CEO sided with Nathan Buckley and made life difficult for him when he was coaching the Pies.
After initially agreeing to a coaching succession plan involving Buckley, Malthouse was fuming when he left Collingwood after the 2011 season.
"It's easy to pot from outside ... when I was there, no, we didn't get along, that's just a simple fact," Malthouse said.
"He threw his lot in with Nathan very, very early and I was sort of pushed to the background and found things difficult - very, very difficult."
McGuire said the relationship between Malthouse and Pert at Collingwood became fractious, but praised them for their roles in the Magpies' 2010 premiership.
He also said he fuelled some of the friction between them.
"When you have a football department which is strong, sometimes you need to have an administration which is strong as well and Gary Pert being a champion footballer and a well-placed administrator was positioned into the football department at times to make sure everything was going the right way," McGuire told Triple M.
"As the president of the club, you sometimes position people into situations.
"Yeah, there was no doubt there was some friction there along the way and agreements made and falling out along the journey in the succession plan - that's been and gone.
"I don't mind it because that's Mick's point of view and it is as honest as you will get from anyone."