Shepparton News

Blues terminate Teague



Melbourne: Carlton’s new coach will be under immediate pressure to get the most out of the club’s playing group, with president Luke Sayers emphatical­ly declaring the club expect to break their finals drought in 2022.

The Blues’ board, having considered a football department review that belatedly led to David Teague’s sacking yesterday, will meet today to formulate a process to select the new coach.

Four-time Hawthorn premiershi­p mastermind Alastair Clarkson has declared he will not coach next year, leaving former St Kilda and Fremantle mentor Ross Lyon as the frontrunne­r in the field.

Sayers refused to discuss specifics around Lyon during a media conference yesterday, but said it would be remiss of Carlton not to contact the 54-year-old, who took both the Saints and Dockers to grand finals.

Among the key findings of the review, released yesterday by Carlton, was the need for “stronger leadership, more experience­d coaching and improvemen­ts in player developmen­t” as the Blues chase a first finals appearance since 2013.

Sayers said candidates with and without experience as a senior coach will be considered as Teague’s direct replacemen­t.

“Our expectatio­n – based on the list that we have – we are looking to make finals in 2022,” Sayers said.

“We will be leaving no stone unturned.

“We want to find a coach that we believe and have absolute confidence can get the best out of what we think is a terrific group of young men, but (whose) potential is not yet fulfilled.

“We’re going to be aggressive­ly pursuing all opportunit­ies.”

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