Carlton president Mark LoGiudice says 2015 will not be a wasted year for the Blues despite the sacking of coach Mick Malthouse.
Malthouse was dumped as Carlton coach on Tuesday afternoon after “public misalignment” with the Blues board.
The now retired 718-game coach attacked LoGiudice and chief executive Steven Trigg on Tuesday morning over key decisions in a vengeful interview with Melbourne radio station SEN.
But LoGiudice said the club was not in crisis after Malthouse’s axing.
“The definition of crisis for me is when you don’t know where you are, you don’t have a plan on where you’re going,” he said.
“We certainly know exactly where we are … and we certainly have a plan, and a documented plan, of where we’re going.”
Carlton sit bottom of the ladder after a 1-7 start to the season.
LoGiudice said he felt for fans of the club that on Tuesday saw their third-straight mid-season axing of a coach.
“They would feel frustrated with where the club is at today, just as frustrated as I feel,” he said.
“Right now, we’ve got a lot of work to do to be a great football club again.”
Former Hawthorn forward John Barker has been handed the role of coach for the rest of the season, and has been asked to make Carlton competitive again.
He faces the toughest of starts to his coaching career, with a Friday night date against Sydney at the SCG.
Trigg said the next six months would be crucial for the club – both on and off the field.
“We need to turn over every rock and interview everybody that’s appropriate to try and get the very best person for Carlton,” he said.
“The charter for John and the guys is to get us back to core competitiveness.
“We want to learn some things, we want to try some things.
“While that’s going on, we’ll be trying to find the very best long-term coach for Carlton.”
Trigg said the manner of Malthouse’s sacking brought about self-reflection.
“You do ask yourself could we have handled it better,” he said.
“We felt that the bye was an appropriate juncture to make a call … the decision to bring it forward is one that you can question.
“We tried to do it in an orderly manner, in a values-based manner, in a respectful manner.
“That it hasn’t finished up the way that either party would like is really disappointing but we can look each other in the mirror in terms of that orderly process.”