MICK Malthouse is the right man to lead Carlton and Chris Judd should play on in 2015, Blues president Mark LoGiudice says.
Speaking at a function ahead of the Blues' clash against North Melbourne, LoGiudice also said the club has "a lot to be optimistic about", although he preached patience to supporters.
Malthouse came under fire this week for a spat with Channel Seven's boundary rider Cameron Ling at half-time during last week's loss to the Sydney Swans and for other incidents with the media, including curt responses to journalist Samantha Lane in his post-game press conference.
But LoGiudice hit back at claims by three-time Carlton premiership player Mark Maclure that Malthouse has become "friendless" due to his recent behaviour.
"This week, much has been said about our coach Mick Malthouse and his relationship with the media," he said.
"He is a passionate and emotionally-invested coach who wants nothing but success for our players and our football club.
"Mick Malthouse is a good man. He's a family man, with lots of friends from all walks of life.
"He has a great relationship with all at Carlton, in particular our players, our staff, and he is the right person to lead our team along the journey as we work towards success."
LoGiudice said Judd has been "an unbelievable ambassador" for Carlton and called for the two-time Brownlow medallist to play on next season.
"Let's remember, Chris is a champion of the game. He came to Carlton in 2008 and gave us all renewed hope," LoGiudice said.
"He has been an unbelievable ambassador for this football club, and continues to play with the class and the skills of the elite in this competition.
"For the record, we would like him to continue playing in 2015. But whatever he chooses to do, he will have the unconditional support of this football club.
"Regardless of his decision, we have a lot to be optimistic about.
"Our young players – Dylan Buckley, Troy Menzel, Levi Casboult, Nick Graham, Patrick Cripps and Blaine Johnson – show great football potential.
"Their development is an important part of us being successful again on the field.
"We need to be patient, there are no quick fixes in this game. Managed change will continue."
Carlton has performed below expectations this season with a 5-11 record ahead of Friday night’s clash.