Carlton assistant coach Alan Richardson says the AFL club’s embattled head coach Brett Ratten is remaining good and upbeat despite his uncertain future.
There is strong speculation that Ratten will be replaced by former Collingwood premiership coach Mick Malthouse, even though the Blues have mentioned no choice will be produced before Carlton’s season ends against St Kilda on Sunday.
But Richardson defended Ratten’s overall performance and stated the coach’s only focus was to finish the season strongly against the Saints and help the crew atone for final round’s shock reduction to Gold Coast, which ended their finals hopes.
“He’s exceptionally optimistic and constructive about coaching the group to reply to the weekend,” Richardson told reporters on Wednesday.
“In Brett Ratten’s mind right now, from what we see as coaches, it is about producing up for an extremely disappointing overall performance.
“It is received absolutely nothing to do with Brett Ratten in terms of his own potential.
“It is all about generating sure that we respond as a footy club and a footy team this week.”
Ratten was originally scheduled to front Wednesday’s media conference, prior to the club manufactured a switch on Tuesday night, choosing not to topic the coach to more public scrutiny.
But Richardson defended Ratten’s functionality, saying if Carlton could beat the Saints on Sunday and finish with a 12-ten record, that would be a respectable achievement given their bad run with injuries.
“It truly is been a reasonably successful season provided the circumstances,” Richardson mentioned.
“There’s other footy clubs in the competitors that have struggled when they’ve had important personnel out.”
He described Ratten as a selfless, excellent man or woman and a fantastic coach and felt the gamers would agree.
“If you are asking me do I assume the players are supportive of the coaching group and Brett Ratten, I assume they’re completely supportive,” he stated.