Blues name Bolton as AFL coach

Carlton have confirmed the appointment of Brendon Bolton as the AFL club’s new head coach.

The Hawthorn assistant is understood to have narrowly beaten Blues interim coach John Barker for the role, with Barker to see out this season at the helm.

Carlton’s coaching sub-committee made its recommendation on Monday night to the club board.

CEO Steven Trigg said Bolton represented the change needed to lead the rebuild of the football program.

“It is our vision that Brendon will be a long-term coach of our football club as we build toward sustained success,” Trigg said.

“He will be afforded the time and the resources to take Carlton back to where we all want it to be and we will support him every step of the way.”

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