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Teague all but resigned to Blues exit


Melbourne: Carlton coach David Teague expects a call to be made on his coaching future today, but is all but resigned to losing his job.

The Blues missed the finals but fought out the season in a 14-point loss to GWS on Saturday night.

Carlton’s board have received the findings of an external review into their football department, with a call on Teague’s future imminent.

“I’m guessing, I think it’s going to be Monday,” Teague told reporters. “I had a chat this week and they said after the game, they’ll get together, the board and have a look at that.”

Teague, 40, is contracted until the end of 2022, having signed a three-year deal in 2019 after a successful stint as caretaker coach.

He was proud of what he’d achieved during his tenure but conceded Saturday night’s game was likely to be his last.

“Our guys just keep turning up, they just keep competing and other than last week, we haven’t been blown out of the water and I’m really proud of that,” Teague said.

“I’m really proud of the way they’ve gone about it. I’m really proud of the way we’re shaping our culture, there’s been a shift. And they’re the things that I’m going to leave really proud of.

“Yeah, I understand the club’s gonna make a decision. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t look like it’s going to go in my favour.

“But in terms of what I’ve done and what I’ve been able to control – I know who I am, I know how I’ve done it, I’m really happy with it.”

Teague said he had appreciate­d support from several current and former top coaches, including some he’d never worked with.

“When you’ve got guys like (Alastair) Clarkson, (Damien) Hardwick, (Chris) Fagan, (Mick) Malthouse mentioning that they think I’m doing an OK job, I’m tracking normally, it does give you a bit of confidence,” he said.

“I’d just like to take this opportunit­y to thank those people because I agree with them.”

On Thursday, Teague lamented a lack of support from within Carlton and he reiterated that on Saturday night.

“Particular­ly when (certain people in the media) went hard at me and were potting me the whole time, I would have loved some people to come out and back me in,” he said.

 ??  ?? Under pressure: David Teague.
Under pressure: David Teague.

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