The doomsayers are predicting president Stephen Kernahan and the Blues board may have no choice but to cease with Ratten by the end of the weekend if they were to see a repeat of the performance from just last week’s loss to Hawthorn.
And even if the Blues put in a respectable performance, it still may not be enough to save Ratten for the season as mounting speculation suggests he is more unlikely than not to be there by the end of the season.
The Blues have been one of the most disapponting teams of the season given they were one of the premiership fancies at the start of the season. Now it appears even finals could be out of the equation from this weekend.
Carlton has also been criticised for rewarding games to those who perhaps have not been deserving in the VFL, including Chris Yarran, who managed just nine disposals, playing as if he didn’t want to be playing for the Northern Blues a fortnight ago then gaining selection against the Hawks.
There have been excuses – injuries of course. That is not in the control of Ratten. But what is, is the improvement or non-improvement of players during his tenure. Arguably only a handful have improved from last season. There is a few blossoming signs from the VFL including the performances of defender Andrew McInnes and youngster Dylan Buckley. But all in all, this is a club in tatters.
Blues fans could dare to dream further if a Mick Malthouse or Paul Roos took over as coach. With Ratten at the helm, the club is beginning to look like a walking disaster whether it is his fault or not.
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