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David Teague appointed Carlton coach

Port Adelaide assistant coach Michael Voss, the former senior coach of the Brisbane Lions, was the only other person interviewed for the job. Voss had two interviews – one was an informal chat over coffee with Carlton’s football boss Brad Lloyd and president Mark LoGiudice.

The other was a full interview with the five-man selection panel, comprised of Chris Judd, Brad Lloyd, Cain Liddle, LoGiudice and board member and recruitment specialist David Campbell.

Carlton had made a strong bid for Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson and also sounded out other contracted AFL coaches.

The appointment has echoes of Sydney’s appointment of Paul Roos at Sydney after he impressed as caretaker coach in 2002 and generated a groundswell of public support for him to get the top job.

During his time as caretaker Teague has presided over a transformation in game style, placement of players and management of the coaching staff who were given more leeway than they had been granted under Bolton.

Teague is the second caretaker coach to get a senior role this year after Rhyce Shaw was appointed the senior coach at North Melbourne.

Judd caused consternation when he said on Channel Nine’s Footy Classified this year that the next Carlton coach would not have training wheels on.

That comment was seen as a comment on Teague’s chances as an assistant coach with no senior AFL coaching experience from taking the job.

Judd later clarified the comments saying he had not intended it as a specific comment on Teague and he was talking about general coaching experience not senior coaching experience.

“I didn’t specify senior coaching experience for that to be the case …. the next coach needs to be able to get their feet under the desk from day one and take us to the next level,” Judd said later.

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Meanwhile veteran Dale Thomas is not expected to be given a new contract to play on next season. Thomas has had one of this best seasons this year since joining the Blues.

Teague was a courageous defender who played 83 games across six seasons with North Melbourne and Carlton.

In 2004 he won the John Nicholls Medal for Carlton’s best and fairest, a year in which he also claimed the league’s Robert Rose Award for most courageous player, joining the likes of six-time winner Glenn Archer and five-time winner Paul Kelly.

After retiring from AFL football in 2006, Teague served as playing-coach of the Northern Bullants in 2007 before hanging up his boots after the 2009 season.

He continued to coach the VFL club, taking them to two losing grand finals.

Teague headed west in 2011 as an assistant at West Coast before also working in coaching roles at St Kilda and Adelaide before returning to Carlton at the end of the 2017 season.

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