Carlton's search for a replacement for Mick Malthouse is well underway but the Blues will take their time appointing a new senior coach.
A fortnight after the club announced the formulation of a
five-man selection panel to assess the field of coaching candidates,
chief executive Steven Trigg revealed that progress had already been
"We've started to make some calls and had what I would call
fireside chats, just trying to go through a process of discovery at the
moment," Trigg said on Tuesday.
"Within reason we feel like we've
got plenty of time. I don't want to overplay that, but I feel like we've
got some time at hand to make some good, clear, reasoned, timely
assessments but, at the moment, it's a process of discovery."
is chairman of the panel, which also includes triple Carlton
premiership player and former St Kilda coach Ken Sheldon, Socceroos
coach Ange Postecoglou, retired dual Brownlow medallist Chris Judd and
recruitment specialist David Campbell.
Caretaker coach John Barker
is one of the candidates for the job having guided the much-improved
Blues to two wins and two competitive losses since taking over from
Malthouse, who was sacked after the heavy round eight defeat against
Trigg said that the panel was still some way off from
trimming the field down to a short list, but he commended Barker for the
way he has rejuvenated the Blues, whose season had threatened to spiral
out of control.
"He is doing a fantastic job at the moment," he said.
"When the circumstances are as they were and you have a change like that, it can be a difficult challenge.
think John and his entire coaching team have handled it well.
Regardless of whether it's been a win or a loss, I just think the way
that they've gone about it has been first class."
coach, whoever it may be, will be keen to have Lachie Henderson at his
disposal and list manager Stephen Silvagni expressed confidence that the
club was edging closer to re-signing the important tall.
comfortable with where things sit at the minute," Silvagni said. "We
met probably a week to 10 days ago so that was our last conversation.
"There were some positive signs there."