Bolton to coach Blues in AFL

Carlton have confirmed Brendon Bolton as the man to lead them out of the AFL wilderness.

The Hawthorn assistant will be their senior coach next season, narrowly beating caretaker John Barker.

Carlton have hailed Bolton as a proven performer with the ability to develop and educate.

Bolton, club president Mark LoGiudice and chief executive Steven Trigg will front a media conference on Tuesday afternoon at the club.

Barker has been interim coach since round eight, when the Blues sacked Mick Malthouse.

It remains unclear when Bolton will leave Hawthorn, the premiership favourites, and take over at Carlton.

Barker will coach the Blues for the last two rounds of the season.

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

The Blues have not revealed the length of Bolton’s contract.

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

“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.”

Trigg added that it was more than Bolton’s impressive CV and experience that encouraged Carlton to go with him.

“It was his proven ability to develop and educate that convinced our selection panel that he is the right person for Carlton,” he said.

“He is a proven performer, having come from an elite environment where the ultimate success has been achieved.”

Bolton coached the Hawks for five games last year as Alastair Clarkson recovered from a serious illness and they won all of them.

He has been a key member of Hawthorn’s football department through the 2013-14 premierships.

Originally a physical education teacher in Tasmania, Bolton has enjoyed success throughout his coaching career.

Trigg also heaped praise on Barker, saying he had Carlton’s deepest gratitude.

“He has restored a competitive spirit to our team and always put the club first in everything he did,” Trigg said.

“John has earned nothing but the highest level of respect from everyone at Carlton and the wider football community, showing he has the qualities and the drive to become an AFL senior coach.

“We will continue to support John however we can with his next steps.”

LoGiudice noted the Blues had changed their president, chief executive and now coach in the last 15 months.

“Together with a very capable head of football in Andrew McKay, and new executive management team, we believe we now have the foundations to grow Carlton both on and off the field,” he said.

“We are aligned and committed to returning the Blues to being a dominant force once again.”

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