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Monday, 15 April 2019

Judd backing Bolton despite dreadful start


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Under-fire Carlton coach Brendon Bolton has received a vote of confidence from the club's Director Chris Judd despite the team's win-less start to the 2019 season.

Bolton is under extreme pressure from people outside the club after what Judd described as a "gut-wrenching" loss to the Gold Coast Suns, but the former captain said that he expected Bolton to be the club's long-term coach.

"I'm fully expecting that Brendon will be the coach at the end of this year and into the future," Judd told Footy Classified.

"I think he's going to be the long-term coach of the football club."

Brendon Bolton

When pressed about the current predicament that the Blues found themselves in, Judd explained that he was optimistic about the future of the club, despite its 0-4 start.

"We're in a results-based business. We need to win games and and we're all really clear on that," he said.

"I don't think we're going to be playing like this forever, we've got a young developing list. I think there has been some improvement from last year.

"I don't think we're going to be sitting here and 10 weeks time win-less. I think this will turn around."

Carlton Blues

The Blues find themselves mired at the foot of the ladder once again as the lowest-scoring club in the league.

Carlton also ranks dead last in the league in total scores with 67, while ranking in the bottom five in scores per Inside 50 (16th), scores from clearances (15th), scores from turnovers (17th) and forward 50 marks (18th).

The club managed just 57 points against the Suns in Round 4, making it the 58th game without a triple-figure score, and Judd touched on why the team continues to be toothless in attack.

"I think the connection between the midfield and forward line has been an issue and we've got to grow that," he said.

"We're not scoring enough from our forward 50 entries.

Patrick Cripps

"It's an inexperienced team but I think Patty Cripps' leadership as captain has been absolutely outstanding.

"I think the structure and leadership shown by our defense has been resolute."

Blues CEO Cain Liddle preached confidence and unity on Monday morning, and Judd echoed Liddle's sentiments.

"The only way to get through these situations is to stick together to drive each other to work harder and to find a way through," he said.

Sam Walsh

"We're not in uncharted territory, we're not the first team to be 0-4. We need to stick together and we need to work harder, we're under no illusions of how much work is ahead."

Despite the pressure from outside the club being squarely on Bolton, Judd said that pressure was on everyone at the club to turn the season around.

"I think the narrative around this is that it's Brendon Bolton and the playing group," he said.

"Internally that's not how we view this predicament we find ourselves in.

Chris Judd

"There's an entire football department from the football manager who is the CEO of football (Liddle), to Andrew Russell, the Head of High Performance, to (list manager) Stephen Silvagni.

"You don't want to lose good people regardless. The key here is to not lose good people and to not panic. We're not going to be a football club that's run because of the demands of the media. I work in the media, I get how it works.

"We need to do what's in the best long term interest of the football club. You get through these periods by sticking together."

Mark LoGiudice

While he urged for everyone at the club to be patient, Judd admitted that his position as Director of the club was also under pressure and said he has no qualms with stepping down if asked to do so.

"I get how this game works," he said.

"If Mark LoGiudice taps me on the shoulder and says, 'There's someone who can do your role better', then I'll shake hands with him and move on.

"It's really what's in the best interests of our football club."

Under-fire Carlton coach Brendon Bolton has received a vote of confidence from the club's Director Chris Judd despite the team's win-less start to the 2019 season.

Bolton is under extreme pressure from people outside the club after what Judd described as a "gut-wrenching" loss to the Gold Coast Suns, but the former captain said that he expected Bolton to be the club's long-term coach.

"I'm fully expecting that Brendon will be the coach at the end of this year and into the future," Judd told Footy Classified.

"I think he's going to be the long-term coach of the football club."

Brendon Bolton

When pressed about the current predicament that the Blues found themselves in, Judd explained that he was optimistic about the future of the club, despite its 0-4 start.

"We're in a results-based business. We need to win games and and we're all really clear on that," he said.

"I don't think we're going to be playing like this forever, we've got a young developing list. I think there has been some improvement from last year.

"I don't think we're going to be sitting here and 10 weeks time win-less. I think this will turn around."

Carlton Blues

The Blues find themselves mired at the foot of the ladder once again as the lowest-scoring club in the league.

Carlton also ranks dead last in the league in total scores with 67, while ranking in the bottom five in scores per Inside 50 (16th), scores from clearances (15th), scores from turnovers (17th) and forward 50 marks (18th).

The club managed just 57 points against the Suns in Round 4, making it the 58th game without a triple-figure score, and Judd touched on why the team continues to be toothless in attack.

"I think the connection between the midfield and forward line has been an issue and we've got to grow that," he said.

"We're not scoring enough from our forward 50 entries.

Patrick Cripps

"It's an inexperienced team but I think Patty Cripps' leadership as captain has been absolutely outstanding.

"I think the structure and leadership shown by our defense has been resolute."

Blues CEO Cain Liddle preached confidence and unity on Monday morning, and Judd echoed Liddle's sentiments.

"The only way to get through these situations is to stick together to drive each other to work harder and to find a way through," he said.

Sam Walsh

"We're not in uncharted territory, we're not the first team to be 0-4. We need to stick together and we need to work harder, we're under no illusions of how much work is ahead."

Despite the pressure from outside the club being squarely on Bolton, Judd said that pressure was on everyone at the club to turn the season around.

"I think the narrative around this is that it's Brendon Bolton and the playing group," he said.

"Internally that's not how we view this predicament we find ourselves in.

Chris Judd

"There's an entire football department from the football manager who is the CEO of football (Liddle), to Andrew Russell, the Head of High Performance, to (list manager) Stephen Silvagni.

"You don't want to lose good people regardless. The key here is to not lose good people and to not panic. We're not going to be a football club that's run because of the demands of the media. I work in the media, I get how it works.

"We need to do what's in the best long term interest of the football club. You get through these periods by sticking together."

Mark LoGiudice

While he urged for everyone at the club to be patient, Judd admitted that his position as Director of the club was also under pressure and said he has no qualms with stepping down if asked to do so.

"I get how this game works," he said.

"If Mark LoGiudice taps me on the shoulder and says, 'There's someone who can do your role better', then I'll shake hands with him and move on.

"It's really what's in the best interests of our football club."

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