Trigg resigns as Carlton boss



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    Carlton chief executive Steven Trigg admits his surprise resignation on Thursday came earlier than he would have liked.

    But both parties maintain the split had been months in the making.

    The Blues hired Trigg in 2014 after he left the same role at Adelaide Football Club that he had held for almost 14 years.

    “We’ve been talking for a while regarding tenure, family and so on,” Trigg said.

    “And while this is an earlier-than-ideal decision by the board to make a move, it’s understood.

    “I’m extraordinarily proud of the changes and the strong foundations we’ve made over the past three years.

    “We’ve grown financially, the football program is in great shape and we’ve been true to our word in redeveloping the list.

    “I have no doubt that a successful era is in front of Carlton.”

    Trigg, who served a six-month AFL-imposed ban in 2013 for his part in the Kurt Tippett salary-cap drama, will stay in the job until a replacement is found.

    Simon Lethlean, after resigning as football boss at the AFL this year amid an infidelity scandal, has been linked to the job.

    “The board credits Steven with driving cultural change across all facets of the club,” president Mark LoGiudice said.

    “Steven has worked closely with coach Brendon Bolton, the board and all staff to drive improved results across the entire club. I would personally like to acknowledge this important contribution.

    “Steven has guided the club during the rebuilding phase. Our search for a new CEO will focus on finding someone with a strong commercial background who will drive the club to the next level required for success.”

    Hawthorn also parted ways this week with their chief executive, Tracey Gaudry sacked from the role she had filled for just five months.

    Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs are also looking to fill vacant chief executive positions.

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    • October 6th 2017 @ 9:40am
      Mattyb said | October 6th 2017 @ 9:40am | ! Report

      I think this is a good move for Carlton,interesting to hear him say they’ve grown financially?
      With the club continueing to lose money,and membership continueing to wollow around 48-50k something obviously had to be looked at by the board. The Carlton board definitely have serious concerns regarding membership,and rightly so,it’s getting to critical levels in context to what happening at other clubs.

    • October 6th 2017 @ 9:52am
      Birdman said | October 6th 2017 @ 9:52am | ! Report

      Carlton reverting back to type – in a rush to grab the next shiny thing in Simon Lethlean before any other club signs him, Trigg’s been given the shove on the pretext he wasn’t up to snuff.

      BTW Mattyb, membership numbers wallow when the Win column numbers wallow – simples!

      I will say that I never rated Trigg after his amateur hour salary cap rorting at the Crows so I’m hardly sympathetic to his cause.

      • October 6th 2017 @ 10:08am
        Mattyb said | October 6th 2017 @ 10:08am | ! Report

        Birdman,Collingwood have 75k members,Essendon have 70k and they havnt exactly been winning before this season. You don’t think the Carlton board are concerned they have only 6k more members than StKilda and 2k more than the dogs? Of course the boards concerned,and StKilda havnt exactly been winning either.

        • October 6th 2017 @ 10:18am
          Birdman said | October 6th 2017 @ 10:18am | ! Report

          true but both the Saints and the Pies have had recent premiership windows which has helped them.

          As for the Dons, who knows? Maybe the near decimation of the club by the drug saga has galvanised them

          BTW 2k more members than a club (WB) who won a flag in 2016 seems decent particularly as the Blues haven’t looked like a contender for a very long time.

          • October 6th 2017 @ 11:35pm
            Don Freo said | October 6th 2017 @ 11:35pm | ! Report

            Maybe Carlton could engage Essendon’s supplement squad. They’d win games and increase membership according to that theory, Birdman.

        • October 6th 2017 @ 11:08am
          Macca said | October 6th 2017 @ 11:08am | ! Report

          Mattyb – some simple maths for you – the blues had 50,326 members in 2017, the Saints had 42,052, that is 8,274 more or 19.67% more.

          The dogs had 47,653 which is 2,673mkmore members for the blues (closer to 3k than 2k) or 5.6%. If you are going to continue on this ridiculous path the least you could do is use the correct figures.

          FWIW, considering the Saints are hot on the blues heels being 19.67% behind, the blues must be hot on the heels of Fremantle, Port Adelaide, Geelong, Adleaide & Sydney who are all less than 19.67% in front of the blues.

          • October 6th 2017 @ 11:18am
            Mattyb said | October 6th 2017 @ 11:18am | ! Report

            Macca,if you think the Carlton board aren’t concerned about their membership and continued financial loses,then good for you.
            I’d say Trigg leaving might suggest they do,and have done for quite some time,as I’ve said previously.

            • October 6th 2017 @ 11:25am
              Macca said | October 6th 2017 @ 11:25am | ! Report

              Everyone wants to have more members and make more money – but things have been trending up for some time at the blues on both fronts. I would say the opportunity to get Lethlean (and the fact Trigg commutes from Adelaide) are bigger drivers in this decision than memberships.

              You are welcome to keep your opinion, but as I said if you are going to continue on with it at least use the correct figures.

              • October 6th 2017 @ 12:04pm
                Mattyb said | October 6th 2017 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

                Do you think the Carlton board would be concerned with membership figures and their financial situation or not?
                Not you,not bluey down the road,the Carlton board.

              • October 6th 2017 @ 1:12pm
                Macca said | October 6th 2017 @ 1:12pm | ! Report

                Mattyb – I don’t think the board is overly concerned, which I thought was pretty clear in my pervious post, they always want more members and more profit but to be mid table in memberships (I think only the third time in their history they are above 50k), not far off the likes of Geelong and above the reigning premier in a year where they told supporters we weren’t going to win many games is a pretty good achievement.

                On membership figures if Carlton got say another 5k members (which would move them to 8th of the leader board) simply by giving away 2 game memberships (like Collingwood did to anyone who signed up to their netball team and to various local netball teams their netball team sponsored) would you be impressed at the extra members?

              • October 6th 2017 @ 1:38pm
                Macca said | October 6th 2017 @ 1:38pm | ! Report

                Mattyb – to give you some context on why I don’t see the board being overly worried about the membership – in 2011 when the blues won 14 games and had a draw and missed a prelim by a kick they had 44,136 members. To be 14% up on that while winning about 1/3 the games is a pretty good result.

          • October 6th 2017 @ 3:11pm
            Travis said | October 6th 2017 @ 3:11pm | ! Report

            Macca I don’t think I can agree with Matty more on this mate…

            All I can say is about time too! People reckon I’m crazy the way I talk about the Carlton Football Club but there are thousands of dis interested Carlton supporters that feel the same way, for a supposed big 4 club like us to struggle to attract 50k members shows that his way was unpopular in the culture of Carlton to the fans, I’m one of those fans. Trigg in his defence did do a good job of rebuilding the club when we hit rock bottom in 2015 but if we are to continue to rise within the next few years then were going to need a more aggressive CEO who is less interested in community programs and more interested in winning games of football and rising the membership like the President said on SEN this morning.

            Look he was handled very poorly and by the way Logiudice spoke this morning here are obvious cracks there between the 2 which he did a bad job of hiding by the way he struggled to answer direct questions especially about whether we were chasing Leathlan, but that is a more personal issue. We just need to make sure we can get the messiah or else this move could come back to haunt us. Yeah to the general outsider this sounds like another loss to our club, but the average blues fan would be pretty happy with the news that we are ready to take the next step into shaping us to be a finals team. If we happen to land Leathlan I might actually buy a membership for the first time since 2012. If outsiders can’t deal with the fact that we are doing everything to become great again then thats their problem and by outsiders I mean Caro

            • October 6th 2017 @ 3:25pm
              Macca said | October 6th 2017 @ 3:25pm | ! Report

              Travis – if you are buying a membership based on who the CEO is you have issues – no one goes to the footy to watch the board. Membership fluctuates with team performance, those disinterested fans all jump on board once the wins start coming – who the CEO is at the time doesn’t impact their thinking.

              Fact is the blues have done a pretty good job to grow membership in the last few years and to be 6k above the last time we legitimately made finals in a year we were expected to finish last is a good performance.

              I have not said sacking Trigg was a bad thing, just that having 50k members wasn’t the driving force behind it and memberships wouldn’t be a massive concern for the board.

              By the way community programs is a very good way to build your membership.

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                October 6th 2017 @ 3:31pm
                Paul D said | October 6th 2017 @ 3:31pm | ! Report

                “Travis – if you are buying a membership based on who the CEO is you have issues – no one goes to the footy to watch the board”

                True, although I do love seeing Eddie’s face when Collingwood are disappearing out the back door in the second half of the game (and season)

              • October 6th 2017 @ 3:40pm
                Macca said | October 6th 2017 @ 3:40pm | ! Report

                LOL – it is great to see him doing his impression of a constipated Barnaby Joyce, but it still wouldn’t get me to buy a membership, it is one of those things that is better watched on TV.

              • October 6th 2017 @ 4:08pm
                Travis said | October 6th 2017 @ 4:08pm | ! Report

                ” Membership fluctuates with team performance, those disinterested fans all jump on board once the wins start coming”- Ok we’ll use your method then, you even said yourself in 2011 we were a kick of a prelim final and well and truly building towards a top 4 finish in 2012 yet we only had around 42k members in 2011 and only managed 45k in 2012 yet Collingwood was in the high 70’s that year and have continued to remain around there despite the teams performance. Membership doesn’t get determined around wins and losses, while it helps, it isn’t the most important thing, look at Richmond they had 53K members in 2012 and finished 12th and were hovering around the finals like we were for a few years maintaining around the mid 60’s. Culture is the most important thing at a football club and it has been very dis-encouraging at Carlton for the best part of 15 years now.

                “By the way community programs is a very good way to build your membership.” did I ever say it wasn’t, of course we keep doing those things, I only said that in this period of time we need to be less focused on that and putting more energy on the commercial side so we can have someone at the top who can attract sponsors, give us more Friday night matches and make profits on the financial side which is an aspect that Lethlan would do a much better job than Trigg at doing.

              • October 6th 2017 @ 9:39pm
                true blue said | October 6th 2017 @ 9:39pm | ! Report

                Andy Travis Maher: I don’t want more Friday night games. We embarrass ourselves when we play them. This is the “born to rule mentality” that got us into all sorts of messes. We don’t have a god given right to play Friday night games because we are so-called big four club. Friday night games have to earned not handed out. The John Elliott days are over.

              • October 6th 2017 @ 4:12pm
                Travis said | October 6th 2017 @ 4:12pm | ! Report

                Haha Paul, nothing better than when we knocked off the pies in rd 7 seeing Eddies face after the game!

                I’m also sure Matty and other dogs fans enjoyed getting seeing Elliott’s face whenever they beat us after the “tragic” comment

              • October 6th 2017 @ 4:47pm
                Macca said | October 6th 2017 @ 4:47pm | ! Report

                Travis – firstly look at where those two clubs expected to be at the start of those year compared to the blues – their supporters have expected them to play finals every year, that isn’t the case for us.

                Secondly membership figures are very rubbery, Collingwood give away memberships to anyone who signed up for their netball team plus various netball clubs who got “sponsored” by the Collingwood netball side and added them to their tally. There is also the 2 game memberships (I will say the blues were late to the party on that) that bump things up.

                Finally as I have said more members is always good but if you look at the other clubs around us 50k is hardly a terrible number, Geelong only have 54k, the bulldogs won the premiership and still only got 47k – I think there are only 6 or 7 teams above 60k, so would it be great to have twice as many members, of course, would the board be fretting over the number we have, of course not. I would prefer them to do exactly as you suggest and concentrate on winning games and the membership will look after itself.

              • October 6th 2017 @ 4:58pm
                Macca said | October 6th 2017 @ 4:58pm | ! Report

                Travis – I would also say that in 2011 your “only 42k members” was the 4th or 5th highest in the league and the “only 45k” in 2012 was at the time a club record, so lets keep things in perspective.

              • October 7th 2017 @ 1:30am
                Matty said | October 7th 2017 @ 1:30am | ! Report

                I seriously can’t believe people are arguing membership is not an issue at board level. Carlton are infighting big time,that’s why the CEO has been sacked.
                How clear does it obviously have to be to the fanboys?

          • October 9th 2017 @ 8:36am
            Steve009 said | October 9th 2017 @ 8:36am | ! Report

            That we are comparing the Carlton membership numbers to St Kilda and the Bulldogs, rather than Essendon and Collingwood just highlights Carltons membership problems. Once a leader both on and off the field, Carlton have come right back to the pack off the field and for now are behind it on the field as they are in still in the first half of a projected 5 year rebuild.
            I’m not sure how you can defend nearly everything Carlton does Macca when we have found ourselves in this situation.

            Carlton have acknowledged their on field problems and seem to be heading in the right direction.

            The move on Trigg is a result of (some of) the boards frustration in our off field commercial/ membership position.

            The Carlton football club are identifying and acknowledging their mistakes Macca, why can’t you?

            • October 9th 2017 @ 9:06am
              Macca said | October 9th 2017 @ 9:06am | ! Report

              Steve009 – not defending what the blues have done, just putting it in context, 50k is still historically very high for the blues and given performance (and expectation of performance) in recent times it isn’t exactly a surprise we are not up with the big boys.

              The strategy for fixing the membership shouldn’t go much beyond winning more games.

              • October 9th 2017 @ 12:44pm
                Steve009 said | October 9th 2017 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

                Historically high for the blues, but not the same level as growth as other clubs, particularly the big boys. The down the pecking order Melbourne teams are fast catching us and the big boys have left us well behind.
                Crowd attendance for the blues is still up there, but by most other measures (financial, sponsorship, membership, on field results) Carlton are a middle of the road club at best at this point.

                Wins will of course help with membership, but Carlton will have to do alot more than that over the next 10 years to again sit beside the elite clubs of the competition.

              • October 9th 2017 @ 1:01pm
                Macca said | October 9th 2017 @ 1:01pm | ! Report

                Steve – of course we don’t have the same growth – we haven’t had great results.

                I would much prefer to be middle of the road when on the bottom of the ladder than middle of the road after just winning a premiership.

                I agree the blues have work to do but I doubt they think membership is the crisis some think it is.

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        October 6th 2017 @ 12:50pm
        Paul D said | October 6th 2017 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

        If they had jettisoned a hardworking club stalwart to chase the next shiny thing it’d be more of an issue, but I doubt anyone will be sad to see Trigg pushed out.

        Malthouse must be happy he can finally stop sticking pins in his Trigg shaped voodoo doll

        • October 9th 2017 @ 8:41am
          Steve009 said | October 9th 2017 @ 8:41am | ! Report

          Trigg has overseen the transformation of the football department, I’m not sure if getting rid of him this early in the rebuild is good idea. Only time will tell.

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      October 6th 2017 @ 10:56am
      Pumping Dougie said | October 6th 2017 @ 10:56am | ! Report

      Brendan Bolton has been great for improving the culture at Carlton. Getting rid of Trigg – a bloke who was suspended by the AFL for his lack of integrity with Tippett under the salary cap (and who also failed to support Matt Rendell when AFL politics intervened) – is the logical step to continuing that trend. Slow and steady Carlton … easy does it.

      • October 6th 2017 @ 11:38pm
        Don Freo said | October 6th 2017 @ 11:38pm | ! Report

        …a “lack of integrity” being replaced by Simon Lethlean? Yeah, that should do it.