Carlton’s new senior coach will have the freedom to form his own panel of assistants after Cameron Bruce left the AFL club to join Brisbane.
The Blues are edging closer to appointing David Teague’s successor after he was sacked last month following an external review of the football department.
Alastair Clarkson remains on the Blues’ radar, with new chief executive Brian Cook set to launch a final bid to lure the four-time Hawthorn premiership mastermind to Ikon Park.
Clarkson has repeatedly stated he intends to take a year off in 2022, while admitting his circumstances could change.
On Monday, Fox Sports reported only a backflip from Clarkson would prevent the Blues from appointing Michael Voss as their new coach.
Former Brisbane coach Voss, who is Ken Hinkley’s senior assistant at Port Adelaide, has been vying with Richmond assistant Adam Kingsley and Essendon’s Daniel Giansiracusa for the Blues’ top job.
High-profile former senior coaches Ross Lyon, Brad Scott and Nathan Buckley are already out of the race.
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Regardless of who wins the role, the new coach will have a clean slate to build his own panel of assistants as Bruce’s departure means there are no members of Teague’s full-time coaching staff left at the club.
Senior assistant John Barker departed in June, while Dale Amos and Brent Stanton were cut loose at the same time as Teague.
Bruce spent four seasons at Carlton after a stint at Hawthorn, serving the Blues as an assistant coach across all three lines.
His move into coaching followed a decorated 234-game playing career with Melbourne and Hawthorn.
Bruce will reunite with Chris Fagan at Brisbane after the pair worked together with Clarkson during the Hawks’ hat-trick of premierships from 2013 to 2015.
The 41-year-old will coach the Lions’ midfield group under Fagan.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to team up with Fages again and to work with a group that is really contending,'” Bruce said.
“It is an opportunity to go on an adventure with my family who are all very excited about what lies ahead.
“I have a real passion for the caper and helping players get the most out of their careers and I am looking forward to getting up there (to Brisbane) and doing what I can to help this group continue to improve.”Internet Explorer Channel Network