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10th September, 2021

Carlton’s tumultuous AFL off-season has continued with chief executive Cain Liddle joining coach David Teague in exiting the club.

Liddle, who was part of the coaching subcommittee to help pick Teague’s successor, will move on after a four-year stay.

The 46-year-old joined Carlton in November 2017, after serving as Richmond’s chief customer officer.

Liddle’s exit on Friday comes three weeks after Teague’s drawn-out sacking was confirmed following an external review into the club’s football department.

New Carlton president Luke Sayers has made approaches to outgoing Geelong chief executive Brian Cook to replace Liddle at the Blues.

Liddle asked for clarity on his future at the club, with the board discussing his position on Thursday night.

“The review process highlighted our on-field performance was not at the standard we expect as a club and I accept full responsibility for that,” Liddle said.


“Given the uncertainty around my position, I needed to seek clarity on my role to provide everyone with that stability for us to move forward.”

Sayers, while still president-elect before Mark Logiudice departed, initiated the review mid-season that led to assistant coaches Dale Amos and Brent Stanton joining Teague in leaving Ikon Park.

Football director and Carlton legend Greg Williams is leading the process to choose the club’s new coach, with fellow Blues great David Parkin on the subcommittee joining football boss Brad Lloyd and board members Tim Lincoln and Patty Kinnersly.

Sayers has made approaches to master coach Alastair Clarkson but the four-time premiership coach is determined to have a year out of the AFL after leaving Hawthorn.

Carlton’s chief financial officer Tom Crookes will be interim chief executive.

“We are entering a reset phase for our football club and while we have built a strong platform in a business sense, the ability to ensure our on-field position matches our off-field one is an area that must be addressed,” Sayers said.