Carlton great Mark Maclure believes the club has made a good decision “for a change” after fans “almost forced them” to select David Teague as their next senior coach.
Maclure was at the Blues’ 1979 premiership reunion last week when Teague was given a standing ovation by the supporters and former players – something even the legendary Alex Jesaulenko didn’t get.
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“It was pretty evident on Friday afternoon that he was definitely a favourite of the people,” Maclure said on Fox Footy’s AFL 360.
“A standing ovation when he walked up on stage – Jezza didn’t even get one of them, I can tell you that right now.
“Teaguey got up and spoke really well. He was comfortable in his own skin, he speaks really well about the game, he’s humorous, he had a good time.”
He then added: “We’ve had a poor time and I think the people at the function said, we don’t trust the board any more. We’re going to take it into our own hands.
“And they made enough noise to almost force them – and I think they made a good decision, and they should be proud of themselves for making one for a change.”
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Dual premiership star David King was also full of praise for the decision to hire Teague, suggesting his selection goes against the bad trends of past Blues coaches.
“I do think from a Carlton point of view that it’s the first time they’ve fit the role,” he said on Fox Footy.
“They’ve always gone with the name or the messiah or the figure and lauded that person. This is the first time they’ve said, let’s just get a coach that actually can educate the players and have a great relationship with the players.
“Get the best out of everyone at the footy club, because they’re full club things, premierships, or success, or rebuilds. Wherever you want to be, you need every person at your football club playing their role. And some are bigger than others, we know that.”
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Teague has overseen an offensive renaissance at the Blues, but King believes fans haven’t seen anything yet as the new coach will put his own mark on the game style with a full pre-season.
“The way they’re playing now will be different next year. He hasn’t used any of the levers available to him yet,” he said.
“You haven’t seen what his point of difference is yet, because he’s still picked up on an old system.
“This is the start. It’s the first time Carlton have joined the AFL for about 20 years, I reckon.”