Carlton Coach Brendon Bolton Sacked
At some point, it became obvious to everyone it just wasn't working.
Was this week's heavy loss to Essendon the last straw?
Was it the weight of numbers -- like the 16 wins in 77 games coached, or the failure of the Blues to kick 100 points in a game for ALMOST THREE ENTIRE SEASONS until they finally cracked the ton in the last moments of a game this year?
Was it the vibe?
Probably mark this one down as "all of the above".
For now, what we know is that after crisis meetings on Monday morning, the Blues decided to end Bolton's tenure at the halfway point of the 2019 AFL season, with Carlton having notched just one win.
The AFL website reports that Bolton was set to address players and staff after 1pm on Monday at Ikon Park, in his last official duty as coach of the Blues, and that he was informed of the decision by Carlton powerbrokers this morning.
"Poor on-field performances over a sustained period of time have reached the point where the Club was left with no choice but to make the difficult decision it has today,” Carlton President Mark LoGiudice said in a statement which was released at 2:15 pm on Monday.
"Quite simply, the lack of wins has fallen short of what our football club expects at this stage of its development. There was an expectation this season that we would start to see the benefits of that development however to this point that has not occurred to the level we expected, and Carlton cannot afford to sit back and wait any longer.
"While winning does not solely rely on one individual, the ultimate accountability sits with the senior coach."
LoGiudice acknowledged the commitment and contribution Bolton had made during his time at Carlton.
He has been an outstanding person for our football club over the last three-and-a-half seasons,” he said.
"There is no question he gave his heart and soul to the Navy Blue during that time. His care and commitment to Carlton is a testament to Brendon’s qualities not only as a coach but as a person."
Carlton will now look for a new senior coach for 2020 and beyond. Assistant coach David Teague will take on the role of caretaker coach for the remainder of the 2019 season.