This coaching record will get beaten, says Mick Malthouse

CARLTON coach Mick Malthouse will set a new record of 715 games in charge tomorrow night when he leads Carlton into battle against arch-rival Collingwood at the MCG.

The 61-year-old will go past former Collingwood mentor Jock McHale who coached the Magpies for 38 years before retiring in 1949.

Despite the fact the present-day coach with the most games under his belt is Gold Coast Suns boss Rodney Eade with 318, Malthouse said he was confident the record would be broken.

"When you're a record-holder, you hold a baton that's going to be given up to someone else," he said.

"It will happen at some stage ... to me it's not an issue. It's fantastic (to break the record), but you're a baton holder."

Malthouse (pictured) confirmed he had been contacted by AFL boss Gillon McLachlan last year and was asked which team he wanted to play against in his record-breaking game.