Brett Ratten is a champion of the club who deserves to be treated with respect. If the rumours are correct that he won’t get to coach this week that would be a disgrace and I, for one, would be filthy.
Having said that, all of the chatter and innuendo is coming from outside the club at the moment. To their credit, Carlton are saying nothing to fuel it. They will hold a post-season review after R23 and that is how it should be.
My view is that they should stick with him. The club signed him up for 2 years at the end of last season for a reason: he’s a good coach. You’d be hard pressed to find a coach who could’ve done better with a list that was decimated by injuries – Laidler, Murphy, Jamison, Carrazzo, Yarran, Warnock, Hampson, Henderson…. all of them spent considerable time on the bench this year. And lets not forget the captain being outed for 4 weeks late in the season.
To give the list to someone else now would mean in the event of success that they would accept the credit for the hard work that was put in by this coaching group.
Yes there were low points this year – the Port Adelaide and Gold Coast losses were two of the worst in our proud history – but there was also a lot of positive signs: we beat Collingwood and Richmond twice, we blooded some exciting your talent, and at times we played great football.
The players still love playing for the guy. Let him see out his contract.
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