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Carlton won't rush Ratten review

Sportal August 27, 2012, 12:55 pm
Stephen Kernahan

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Carlton won't be rushed into a decision on Brett Ratten's future at least until after the Blues' final match of the season on Sunday, the club said in a statement on Monday.

An unacceptable loss to Gold Coast on Saturday night left the Blues out of finals contention and intensified speculation Ratten would be sacked as coach despite him being contracted for another season.

But president Stephen Kernahan told the club website no decisions on the club's future would be made until the end of the season.

"Everyone at the club is terribly disappointed with the loss on Saturday night, however it does not change our position in relation to reviewing our operations at the end of the season," Kernahan said.

"After the weekend's matches we now know Sunday's game against St Kilda will be our final match for the season. There will be no decisions and indeed no further meetings to review the operations of the Club until after Sunday's game."

Former Collingwood coach Michael Malthouse has been put forward as a likely replacement and added fuel to the fire by declaring he will either coach next year or never again.

"If not next year, then I won't coach," Malthouse told Neil Mitchell on ''3AW'' on Monday morning.

"The game will shift and I don't want to make a fool of myself and let people down."

The former premiership coach insisted he had not Carlton Manager Peter Sidewell for months and had not been approached by Carlton at this stage.

Ratten and the players hit the track for a closed session.

Midfielder Mitch Robinson told waiting camera crews the team had let Ratten down, saying he hoped the coach would stay.

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  1. Steve Emery01:26pm Tuesday 28th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The worst team in the AFL in Gold Coast lead by the second best player in league in Ablett sank the Finals hopes of a top 4 team on paper in Carlton lead by the AFLs best player in Judd. The Suns were $14 to beat the Blues. Under dog victory of the decade, only bettered by Greeks Euro 2004 win.

  2. Keith B11:36pm Monday 27th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It's the players that lost the game didnt stick to the game plan???????? Judd has been stand offish skirting most packs,coaches instructions? I am sure he is carrying a minor injury of some kind. I reckon the best result is Malthouse for two or three years with Ratten as assistant. Some have to go ,but only a couple ,bad recruitment also

  3. underarm_bowler08:03pm Monday 27th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    couldnt happen to a better club. the filth at carlton deserve some misery. whats better than seeing port beat them by ten goals, seeing them losing to the sun which ends their final campaign and gets the coach sacked

  4. Steve Emery04:20pm Monday 27th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Saack him now! Ratten out, Malthouse in.

  5. Yarrum99904:19pm Monday 27th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Ratman and Chicken wing Judd have both been failures. The welcome matt is out for Mad Mick the teminator. Watch the players fly out the door when the broom comes out.

  6. Simstar03:56pm Monday 27th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The coach doesnt kick the ball or play the players are the ones that need to man up. If they had of kicked straight against the Suns they would have won and this wouldn't be an issue. If Carlton get rid of Ratten then tehy are saying is his fault...

  7. Darryl03:29pm Monday 27th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Anyone with half a football brain could have seen what would happen when Carlton paid out all that money for Judd and then got rid of Fev and also let Kennedy go as part of the judd dea. They also messed up giving Judd the Captaincy over all their other Players , not to mention the fact that Judd cost them dearly with his dirty tactics. Can't blame the Coach for stupidity by the hierarchy.

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  8. Daggers03:10pm Monday 27th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Carlton just arent that good! They havent had a decent forward since Fev, who they shouldve perservered with. And keep Judd (even though he can be a dirty so & so), and keep Waite & Betts & 2 or 3 others, & forget the rest who are just ordinary.

  9. Lewis02:21pm Monday 27th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    maybe review the players first. JUDD got 4 weeks for a stupid act and cost Carlton any chance to play finals. no player deserve match payments for there effort against gold coast. ratten can only work with the stable he has to work with and within that stable there are a few lazy players that don't deserve to wear a jumper for any club. but as we all know the coach is the one that gets the blame.. ratten can coach well just need the right player to coach... im not a Carlton supporter and others can disagree but why is it the players get nothing for bad performances but the coach can expect the sack