One of the longest sagas in football has finally reached its conclusion, with Carlton announcing yesterday that coach Brendon Bolton had been relieved of his duties.
After lurching from loss to loss in a dreadful extended run of form, the patience of the Blues board finally ran out yesterday. After three and a half years at the helm, the former Hawthorn-assistant was shown the door having won just four of his previous 43 matches.
We discussed that point on the Game of Codes podcast, with neither Roar AFL expert Marnie Cohen nor Daniel Jeffrey able to see the wisdom behind Carlton’s latest move.
Listen to the debate:
Carlton president Mark LoGiudice said that “There was an expectation at the start of this season that we would start to see the benefits of [our] development” but, with the list entering this season being the youngest it had been under Bolton’s tenure, was that fair?
How much pressure should the Carlton board be under? What about list manager Stephen Silvagni? Club president LoGiudice himself?
What about what’s next for the club? Who should they be looking at as the next coach?
Carlton entered the 2010 decade having finally broken a seven-year finals drought and, despite a disappointing loss to the Brisbane Lions after holding a five-goal lead in the final quarter, there was a lot of optimism surrounding the Blues as they embarked on their fourth year under coach Brett Ratten. With two-time Coleman medallist Brendan […]