Teague to lead Blues after Bolton sacking
THE axe has fallen on Carlton coach Brendon Bolton.
A disastrous start to the season has cost Bolton his job as the Blues slumped to 1-10 after Sunday's 41-point loss to traditional rival Essendon.
Installed as Carlton's coach ahead of the 2016 season, Bolton finishes with a 16-61 record from 77 games at the helm.
Assistant David Teague will on Monday afternoon be confirmed as interim coach.
It comes after it emerged earlier Monday Carlton president Mark LoGuidice had held discussions with senior Blues figures.
Carlton have said they would stand by Bolton until the end of the year, but the former Hawthorn assistant has come under increasing pressure.
After Sunday's loss to Essendon, Bolton said: "I'm human, I'm frustrated, but I'm determined as ever and invested in trying to help our staff and players. My main worry is not about myself. If you under pressure and you are feeling heat the easiest thing is to go internal."
Players and staff are believed to have been told of Bolton's sacking about 1pm.
The Blues stuck at the bottom of the ladder and in danger of having traded away the No. 1 draft pick.
Carlton swapped its first-round pick in this year's draft with Adelaide to land Morrish Medal winner Liam Stocker.
But the trade has backfired, with the Blues two games adrift of Gold Coast in 18th.
August 25, 2015: Carlton announces Brendon Bolton as senior coach, with then CEO Steven Trigg declaring it hopes he will be will be 'a long-term coach of our football club as we build toward sustained success'. A former high school PE teacher, Bolton arrives as a former assistant at Hawthorn and coach of VFL club Box Hill. The club subcommittee consisted of Chris Judd and Ken Sheldon, national soccer coach Ange Postecoglou, Blues CEO Steven Trigg and recruiting specialist David Campbell.
March 24, 2016: Bolton coaches his first game in the season opener against Richmond, which results in a nine-point defeat.
April 2014, 2016: After four losses to start his tenure, Bolton secures his first win as Carlton holds on to defeat Fremantle by four points.
August 27, 2016: Carlton rounds out Bolton's first year in charge with a 24-point loss and finishes 14th with a 7-15 record. It turns out to be the best record of his three full seasons in charge.
July 18, 2018: Carlton chief executive Cain Liddle concedes the Blues under invested in their football department in Bolton's first two years, telling the Herald Sun, "we have gone from having the most under-invested coaching and development department and list and recruiting department to now sitting in the top quartile of those".
November 22, 2018: Carlton springs a surprise on draft night, swapping 2019 first-round selections with Adelaide to land TAC Cup Morrish medallist Liam Stocker.
May 20, 2019: Blues football director Chris Judd tells Footy Classified:"Right now I fully expect him to be there for the end of the season and we're planning like he's the long-term coach of this football club."
June 2, 2019: Bolton coaches his last game at Carlton, a 41-point loss tom Essendon. Post-match, he tells reporters: My main worry is not about myself. If you under pressure and you are feeling heat the easiest thing is to go internal."
June 3, 2019: The Blues sack Bolton with a 16-61 record from his 77 games in charge.