Carlton have turned to retired star Chris Judd and Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou as they search for a replacement for Mick Malthouse.
The pair are part of a five-man coaching selection panel to be chaired by club chief executive Steven Trigg, which also includes Blues premiership player Ken Sheldon and corporate recruiting specialist David Campbell.
Malthouse was sacked after Carlton slumped to a 1-7 start to the season, with Trigg announcing the make-up of the group tasked with finding his replacement in an open letter to members published on the club’s website on Tuesday.
“We have captured a blend of perspectives from experienced coaches to a younger perspective fresh from the game,” Trigg said.
“The panel has an ‘in football’ emphasis, with an ‘out of football’ perspective and the expertise we need to make deep, clear assessments of all candidates.”
Judd was forced into retirement after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Adelaide in round 10.
Postecoglou professed his lifelong love of Carlton at a joint press conference with Malthouse shortly after he guided the Socceroos to their Asian Cup triumph earlier this year.
Blues’ head of football Andrew McKay isn’t officially part of the panel but he will work closely with Trigg as the club looks for the coach who will oversee a far-reaching overhaul of the club’s playing stocks.
Trigg doesn’t have a target date for an appointment in mind and will search for as long as it takes to find the right candidate.
Assistant coach John Barker, who will audition for the role as the club’s caretaker coach for the rest of the season, Sydney assistant Stuart Dew and former Gold Coast senior coach Guy McKenna are considered by bookmakers to be among the frontrunners for the job.
Former West Coast coach John Worsfold and Geelong premiership coach Mark Thompson have both ruled themselves out of contention.