Ruthlessness a Blues strength: Ratten
A remarkably graceful Brett Ratten has praised the ruthlessness which led to his sacking as Carlton coach as part of what makes the AFL club great.
As a Carlton favourite son, who had a year left on his contract and was dealt a savage hand by player injuries this season after three consecutive years of finals, Ratten had cause to feel harshly treated.
Even Blues president Stephen Kernahan – Ratten’s 1995 premiership captain, who had to deliver the bad news – admitted as much.
But it was Ratten who did most to lift the mood and justify the decision while sitting alongside Kernahan at a media conference on Thursday to announce his sacking.
“This club has been built on success and playing finals,” Ratten told reporters.
“As a club, we set some really strong goals at the start of the season to play finals and we didn’t achieve that.
“There’s probably circumstances there, but the club has been ruthless in its quest for success and that’s one of the great strengths of the Carlton Football Club.
“That’s why it does have 16 premierships.”
Ratten said while he had hoped he could survive, he sensed that was unlikely after the Blues’ shock loss to Gold Coast on Saturday night.
But Ratten said talking to young Carlton player Sam Rowe, who is being treated for testicular cancer, and reflecting on a Blues staff member who had died of cancer, put his sacking into perspective.
“We’re very fortunate in life,” he said.
Ratten said he decided to coach out the season against St Kilda on Sunday because he didn’t want to let emotion stop him completing something he had committed to.
“I don’t need to hide, I need to finish the year and do the job that I was put in place to do,” he said.
Ratten, a first-time coach when the Blues appointed him late in the 2007 season, said he considered coaching to be his career and would not rule out seeking the vacant Port Adelaide head coaching job.
“I would be open to sit down and have a look at a lot of things,” he said.
“I’ll just wait and see but I’ll keep my eyes open and see what happens.”© AAP 2013