There is life after football for high-profile former players and coaches like Mick Malthouse, according to RMIT sports expert Adjunct Professor Stephen Alomes.
Alomes tells David Wood it is no surprise Malthouse has joined countless other sports stars who admit to struggling to move on with their lives after leaving their chosen sport.
He says Being a coach is an eight-day-a-week job, in an area of work that involves a massive over-exertion and is often in a hostile environment with a hypercritical media and supporters.It is like soldiers returning from WW11 who did not feel they belonged on the streets.
Alomes, author of the book Australian Football: The People’s Game 1958-2058, says everyone had to find their way in retirement.