I’M UP FOR A SERIOUS BLUE
A YEAR ago, the small man with the big smile was so excited when he filled in for Hawk coach Alastair Clarkson he almost did cartwheels to the microphones.
His first press conference finished on a sincere “thanks guys, appreciate it, thanks for coming”, in such a high squeal that truly, Brendon Bolton might have been the happiest stand-in coach of all time.
But senior coaching, fulltime, changes everything.
Yesterday, Bolton did not crack a smile for the first four minutes of his inaugural press conference at Carlton. Things had suddenly got real serious.
Asked if his bubbly personality played a role in his appointment, he said: “The way I now see Carlton is thorough and on the same page, it was an exhaustive process. It was around eight or nine hours conversation, so I’d like to think over time my capacity and the way I approached that won me the job.”
In his fill-in role at the Hawks, he spoke with excitement and emotion. Yesterday, it was all processes, sustained success, relationships, cre- ating a learning environment and open communication.
Bolton, 36, is the 31st coach of the Blues. His background is solid – captain-coach at 23, coach of Box Hill and assistant to Clarkson at the most formidable football program in the land.
He is affable but under that pleasantness there has to be a ruthless streak.
“People, you’ve got to bring them with you so you have to build relationships,” he said. “Process is about getting the job done, so at times you need to be ruthless to get the process done.”