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Eddie bets his chips on Teague


Carlton champion Eddie Betts says David Teague deserves clarity on his AFL future and that the Blues could have given their embattled coach more support.

Despite the coach expecting to learn his fate yesterday, the Blues are yet to make a decision on Teague’s tenure — with president Luke Sayers saying the club won’t be rushed into making any big decisions in the wake of its external review.

Betts, who was cleaning out his locker at Ikon Park yesterday — the same day Teague and other key football staff were present for meetings — threw his support behind his friend and the man who brought him back to Carlton in 2019.

‘‘It has been pretty tough, but I guess he’s doing okay and like he said after the game, you wish he had more support from the football club,’’ Betts said.

‘‘But yeah, he’s doing okay and I spoke to him. We’ll see what happens.’’

Teague is expected to depart Carlton with 21 wins and 29 losses across 50 games since he took charge, initially as a caretaker coach, in 2019.

‘‘I think he does (deserve some clarity on his future),’’ Betts said.

‘‘I looked at the stat today that was posted — with the 50 games that he’s coached, his win percentage is better than Clarko’s (Alastair Clarkson) and Dimma’s (Damien Hardwick).

‘‘I believe he’s the right man for the job — it’s whether the club does.’’

Betts retired at season’s end after 350 games and 640 goals — 132 games and 310 goals at Adelaide and 218 games and 330 goals across two stints at Carlton.

The 34-year-old said he’d put the onus on his now-former teammates to turn things around and deliver the club’s first finals appearance since 2013.

‘‘I spoke to the boys, actually, and I said ‘listen, this club needs to be back to where it was and that’s playing finals footy. Everyone’s got a role to play and if you play your part, sooner or later, this club’s going to have success’,’’ Betts said.

‘‘I wish nothing but the best for the club, obviously I’m a life member.

‘I love the players, I love the boys. I just want success for this group.

‘‘Hopefully now they can go away and work on it, become better, make their teammates better, make themselves better and go forward from there.’’

 ?? Picture: AAP/Scott Barbour ?? Support: Under-seige Carlton coach David Teague has the support of Eddie Betts.
Picture: AAP/Scott Barbour Support: Under-seige Carlton coach David Teague has the support of Eddie Betts.

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