SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21: Alastair Clarkson, coach of the Hawks, looks on during the round 14 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Sydney Cricket Ground on June 21, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire believes Carlton should be taking Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson into serious consideration during the club's external review.

Earlier in the week, Hawthorn announced its coaching succession plan, with Box Hill coach and club great Sam Mitchell set to take over the reigns as Hawthorn coach at the end of 2022.

And now, there is a belief Clarkson could be gettable at the end of the 2021 season, despite his manager insisting his contract will be seen out.

Speaking on Fox Footy, McGuire said the Blues should be taking Clarkson into account during its review.

“If you’re Hawthorn, you say we need a whole lot of development coaches, maybe more than an alpha head coach. I think that’s the strategy behind it,” he said.

“As far as Carlton’s concerned, my understanding is they’ve said Clarkson is out there. That comes into our thinking as far as our review, new ball game, we take it all into account on the review.”

The Blues have had a disappointing 2021 campaign so far after plenty of off-season talk that this was the year the club would break their finals drought.

AFL Rd 6 - Carlton v Brisbane
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24: Senior coach David Teague of the Blues looks on during the 2021 AFL Round 06 match between the Carlton Blues and the Brisbane Lions at Marvel Stadium on April 24, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

They currently sit at 6-9 in the season and the pressure has mounted on coach David Teague as a result, with potential replacements already being thrown into the air.

Along with Clarkson, other names have been floated around as the potential next coach of the Blues, such as Ross Lyon, Brad Scott, Hawthorn assistant Chris Newman and even Port Adelaide assistant, Michael Voss.

The Blues will be looking to make it three wins in a row this weekend against Geelong to keep their slim finals chances alive.

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