Would you believe it that Carlton has won four of their last five games and sit fourth in the competition on current form!
Probably not. But Carlton is playing inspired footy under David Teague, and while finals are an incredibly long shot away – the manner in which the Blues are winning games suggests Teague is pulling the right strings.
At 1-10 after 12 rounds and sitting dead last, Carlton now sit in 16th at 6-12, closing in on the pack. The high scoring Blues who have one of the most efficient offenses in the last five weeks will play West Coast for a chance to move higher up the ladder, however a Dogs great believes it still might not be enough.
Luke Darcy spoke on Channel 7’s Talking Footy and still thinks Carlton will be reluctant to offer the former Blue the permanent job.
“I still very much doubt that will be the case (that he gets the job),” Darcy exclaimed.
“Because Carlton have been through that, they’ve been through Brendon Bolton, an untried coach. I think they are genuinely looking for someone who has got history, that’s more bankable than David Teague.
“I think the problem for David Teague is that Carlton is a club that has a powerful past players environment, so when you don’t succeed…”
Carlton has a record membership tally this year and Darcy believes Hawthorn coach Alistar Clarkson is the man they are looking at.
“If you are Mark LoGiudice, if you are that board, it’s still the ‘get out of jail free card’. Whoever lands Alastair Clarkson can sit back,” Darcy explained.
“Alastair Clarkson can stare all those people down because his record says he can.
“Their membership’s growing now, imagine what it would be like if they signed Alastair Clarkson, they’d have 80,000 members within 18 months.”
Clarkson is not likely to move for a small figure after leading the Hawks to five grand finals since taking over, but Darcy believes even he has a price.
Carlton are looking like the navy blue of old which a generation of supporters are yet to witness, and the final piece to the puzzle is making their way back into the eight, lead by a permanent head coach.