After an impressive spell in the caretaker's role, David Teague has won the race to be appointed as Carlton's new full-time AFL coach.
Carlton will hold a media conference on Thursday where Teague will officially be unveiled as the man to take the club forward into a new era.
He is understood to have signed a three-year deal.
It completes a remarkable rise for the former North Melbourne and Carlton defender, who was considered virtually no chance of getting the job on a long-term basis when he replaced the sacked Brendon Bolton after round 11.
But the 38-year-old Teague exceeded all expectations by leading a young team to five wins from nine games.
News of his appointment has been met with overwhelming support on social media.
Soooo proud of the Clubs decision today to appoint Teague! Really positive and feeling excited for what the future holds under Teague. Well done to the Carlton Board for taking into account the sentiments of supporters/members. GO BLUES 2020 and beyond. #Teague2020 #TeagueTrain— Telly Tilkeridis (@aristotle1974) August 14, 2019
Thank you Carlton Football Club— Barbara Piscioneri (@blues_fan4life) August 14, 2019
I had lost all hope on the board on having Teague being appointed.
I’m greatful you listened to the players professional footballers media and most of all us supporters.
We have... https://t.co/k4tfpjvdgH
Congratulations David Teague. He will become one of the great coaches of the game. He possesses the timeless skills of leadership and authenticity - all others skills come and go but these two will take him the whole way.— Dickie Green (@dickiegreenlea5) August 14, 2019
Best news! I'm actually excited for the future of my Bluebaggers under Teague. He has really restored the faith in the club these past 3 months...faith that hasn't been there in the past few years. Great appointment, well deserved.— Usually Nude (@Wiki442) August 14, 2019
Congratulations David Teague - great news - we are the navy blues— david sheppard (@davidsheppard73) August 14, 2019
Great news for the Blues, Teaguey is appointed senior coach! Well deserved, he has coached with great credit to himself, the players and the club. Finally, there is light at the end of a very long tunnel, all aboard the Teague train! 🚂 😄 @carltonfc #AFL— MWK Trader (@MWKTrader) August 14, 2019
He also lost no admirers in a competitive 28-point loss to high-flying Richmond last weekend.
Carlton had won just one of their first 11 games of the season under Bolton.
Teague becomes the second AFL caretaker coach to earn the role fulltime this year after North Melbourne decided that Rhyce Shaw was the best man to replace Brad Scott.
And it could well end up being three from three, with Brett Ratten now the short-priced favourite to get promoted at St Kilda, having stepped up when Alan Richardson realised his time was over.
As has been the case at Carlton, the Saints look a much more potent attacking side under Ratten.
Teague's hopes of landing the Blues' role fulltime role looked slim when Carlton's football director Chris Judd said the club didn't want to hire a coach that still had "training wheels" on.
Former Brisbane head coach and current Port Adelaide assistant Michael Voss was interviewed for the job.
But Carlton's hot performances under Teague - plus the love the players showed towards him - put him in the box seat.
Teague played a total of 83 games across six seasons with North Melbourne and Carlton from 2001-06, winning the Blues' best-and-fairest award in 2004.
After being delisted by Carlton in 2007 he stepped straight into a playing-coaching role with the club's VFL affiliate.
In 2011 he moved to West Coast as an assistant coach and also spent time on the staff at St Kilda and Adelaide before being lured back to the Blues in 2017.
Carlton will be aiming to finish the season strongly when they take on St Kilda and Geelong over the next fortnight.