AFL mid-year coach merry-go-round
Posted by redracer on July 24, 2007
Today the third coaching change in not many more weeks was announced …
After being smashed by Brisbane to the tune of nearly 20 goals (their second worst-ever defeat), Carlton have sacked Dennis Pagan, and have appointed revered ex-player Brett ‘The Rat’ Rattan as caretaker coach for the rest of the season. Of course as usual changing coaches usually means a team will win their next game – for the Blues next week is against the improving St.Kilda !!!
Brett Rattan played 255 games for Carlton, and was a club captain, triple best and fairest winner, and a member of the 1995 premiership team. After retireing due to injuries in 2003, he was assistant coach at Melbourne for a year, then some minor grades for the next two years before going back home to Carlton in 2007 as assistant coach.
Dennis Pagan started coaching Carlton for 104 games from 2002, and previously coached North Melbourne (now the Kangaroos) for 240 games and premierships in 1996 & 1999.
All this comes on the back of Chris Connelly from Fremantle being sacked two weeks ago, and Neale Daniher from Melbourne a few weeks before that. With Richmond firmly sitting at the bottom of the ladder on just 1½ wins, one wonders how safe their coach Terry Wallace is 😆