CARLTON’S season is on the slide and the pressure on coach Brett Ratten will only intensify over the coming days after another disastrous loss to North Melbourne by 53-points at Etihad Stadium last night.
Ratten, despite being contracted until the end of next season, is under the microscope and although the Blues hierarchy maintain that a decision on his coaching future will be made at the end of the season in a review, the constant public pressure from fans and the media will continue to hone in on a decision being made perhaps more urgently.
Certainly, for as easy as it sounds, Visy Park appears a sure home for Mick Malthouse at the end of the season as the doom and gloom of missing the September action appears more likely.
The Blues never looked in the match – albeit from a short three goal burst at the start of the match to a Chris Judd assault in the third term – with North leapfrogging them on the ladder and there is beginning to be daylight between Carlton and the pack of teams clinging for finals.
Both Richmond and St Kilda should get wins on the board this round to jump clear of the Blues.
Despite this, Ratten was putting up a positive front and remained confident the Blues could still make finals, despite the shabby performance last night.
”I think we need to get some momentum and that’s the thing we’re not getting, we’re not getting any traction. We did early doors and then it fell away,” Ratten said.
”It would be nice not to have three or four changes. Hopefully we can go forward and play blokes for a good chunk of a month and they can get some continuity.
”We need to try and get our talent out on the field. It is frustrating but you have these things that happen in some seasons. We’ve still got some footy to play and you can’t write us off just yet. Until it says we’re out, we won’t be looking elsewhere but trying to make the finals.”
Jarrad Waite was a chance to return via the VFL next week.
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