Why would Ratten want to stay at Carlton?
In 2007, former premiership player and club captain Brett Ratten was granted the role of head coach of the struggling Carlton Blues.
Taking over the role from legendary North Melbourne coach Denis Pagan, Ratten was given the unenviable task of turning around the fortunes of a club with thousands of supporters who had been deprived of success in recent years.
At the beginning of his time at Carlton, he managed to obtain the services of the almighty Chris Judd who was looking for a return to Melbourne. In exchange, they had to give up the then unknown Josh Kennedy and a high draft pick. In doing so, Ratten was seemingly given the ultimate start to his senior coaching career.
The acquisition of Judd, seemed to give the supporters that beacon of hope they were looking for. A beacon of hope that was taken quite seriously by fans who demanded success.
Coming off a 15th place finish in 2007, the Blues made a minor improvement in climbing up the ladder to eleventh by the end of 2008.
In 2009, Ratten had finally achieved one of the goals put to him by the whole organisation when he took over: to play finals football. Despite a first round exit, Ratten seemed to be establishing a good level of approval from the Carlton fan-base.
After a successful year for the club, an array of indiscretions from bad boy Coleman medalist Brendan Fevola resulted in the club parting ways with the match winner.
This move was seen differently by many people, as some thought it was a little hasty, while others saw it as a way to rid the club of off-field problems.
After an indifferent 2010, which saw the Blues finish eighth even after the loss of Fevola, Ratten came under much scrutiny as many people believed that Carlton were under performing and still had the talent to be a serious top four contender.
Much of this fell on the head of the senior coach who would soon see the up and down nature of his side’s supporters.
A major breakthrough for the club in 2011 would be the winning of a first final and a narrow loss to the Eagles in the west during the second week of the finals. Coming off such great success, it seemed as if even more pressure would be heaped on the shoulders of the coach.
Prior to the beginning of this season, Ratten made a bold call, which is now seemingly coming back to bite him. Ratten declared that anything less than a top-four finish this season would be a failure by himself and his playing group.
Carlton supporters seemingly took this on board and are now using it as ammunition against the increasingly under fire coach.
In round three, after his side put the Magpies to the sword in a ten goal thrashing, the Blues were installed as premiership favourites, by not just their supporters, but by many football enthusiasts.
Ever since that standout performance, the Blues have been struggling with injuries and results. After being heralded as a genius during the successful times, it seems as if Ratten is being made a scapegoat by supporters of a club which sits tenth on the ladder with a record of six wins and seven losses.
The immense scrutiny being put on Brett Ratten makes you wonder, why put yourself through it? Why not just take the easy option of walking away and taking an assistant coaching job somewhere?
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