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LISTEN: Why sacking Brendon Bolton now was a mistake

Brendon Bolton has been sacked - but was that the right call? (AAP Image/Julian Smith)
3rd June, 2019
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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.

But was that the right move?

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?

Visit our Game of Codes hub to catch the full episode and be sure to subscribe and review on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or wherever else you’re listening.

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