Carlton review: The Blues look to copy Richmond, Geelong programs to support coach David Teague

Carlton believes Nathan Buckley parting ways with Collingwood this week is irrelevant to its football review as it considers changes to strengthen David Teague’s program.

But the Blues would have to notify its assistant coaches of any likely changes by August 1 — an industry standard — as the club considers a revamped coaching team.

Carlton’s external review is yet to set its panel and exact terms as president elect Luke Sayers seeks to make a splash upon his elevation to power.

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The best-case scenario for David Teague seems to be he loses multiple assistants but gets a final year of his contract to prove himself.Source:Getty Images

But Carlton would look to bolster Teague’s support crew in a similar fashion to Geelong with Mark Thompson and Richmond for Damien Hardwick when both were struggling.

Carlton announced on Monday it would probe all aspects of its football program after slumping to 4-8 this season.

In the event a review was damning for Teague, change could be made.

Former St Kilda and Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said on Wednesday he would have a coffee with Blues powerbrokers if they approached him.

But the Blues won’t rush the investigations just to kickstart a race for the likes of Lyon or Alastair Clarkson.

President Mark LoGiudice told the News Corp Australia this week the review was not a mandate to replace the club’s senior coach.

Carlton will clearly want to make significant changes around David Teague if he is retained.Source:Getty Images

Key elements of the Carlton program that are expected to be come under scrutiny during the review include:

* List management — after a number of drafting misfires that include Paddy Dow and Lochie O’Brien;

* Injury management — the durability of the Carlton list is a clear area of concern given the inability to keep the likes of Caleb Marchbank, Charlie Curnow and Mitch McGovern on the park.

* Coaching — the Blues’ methods of defence are not cutting-edge and the club is clearly not maximising its on-field talent.

Damien Hardwick’s successful formula could be copied across town. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia

The Blues will clearly want to make significant changes around Teague if he is retained.

Stoppages coach Jon Barker left this week, and the Blues are considering whether one of their development coaches in Luke Power and Daniel O’Keefe are moved in to help midfield and transition coach Brent Stanton.

Power is considered a rising star in coaching ranks, while Cam Bruce came with huge wraps from Hawthorn.

The Blues have seven weeks to consider these changes as August 1 is the date by which clubs must inform their assistant coaches if they will be retained the following year.





Carlton’s decision to bring forward a review that was to take place in the post-season under Sayers’ watch will allow it to make decisive decisions in the back-half of the year.

The club had already sounded out former Brisbane senior coach Justin Leppitsch about a role in the football department in anticipation of a bigger football department cap.

The Herald Sun reported last month that a rise in 2021 is expected to be between $200,000-$400,000, which would allow some clubs to put on extra staff.

The Blues believe they can make significant on field gains in the back-half of the year, with Charlie Curnow between 2-4 weeks away from a VFL return.

The Blues believe they have been significantly conservative with his management so are not taking any risk by bringing him back to football after his latest patella issue in November 2020.

Originally published asHardwick model could be part of Teague support

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