Carlton CEO Steven Trigg says that caretaker coach John Barker is in the prime position to secure the Carlton coaching job for next year.

Barker has managed to win two games from four matches since taking over, while his two losses were by less than 12 points.

“He is in a unique and ideal position to be able to audition really strongly,” Trigg said.

“To be having the steering wheel is a valuable thing for a candidate.

“In his last five weeks the coaching panel have done a really wonderful job and we’re really pleased with the way they’re going.”

“We’re seeing John at first hand, and he’s doing a very fine job of all of it.”