Carlton confirms AFL great Michael Voss as coach

AFL great Michael Voss will take over the reins as Carlton coach after being handed a three-season deal by the Blues.

Voss moves from his role as an assistant with Port Adelaide to replace David Teague, who was sacked by Carlton after the team finished 13th this season.

After captaining the Brisbane Lions to premierships in 2001, 2002, and 2003, Voss retired in 2006 with 289 games, one Brownlow Medal (1996) and five All-Australian nods to his name.

He took over from Leigh Matthews as Lions coach in 2009, leading the team for five more seasons, with only his first ending in a positive winning record.

After leaving the Lions in 2013, Voss moved into an assistant coaching role at Port Adelaide to get some more experience in the box, before Carlton snapped him up.

The 46-year-old said he felt “incredibly excited and very privileged” to be given another shot in the top job.

“It is truly a great honour to join a club as big and as proud as Carlton, and I take on this role with a great sense of pride and excitement for what’s to come,” he said in a statement.

“From the outside looking in, I think everyone can see the undeniable talent on the playing list, which I’m really looking forward to getting to work with. To go with that, there’s a massive, loyal supporter base that has stood by this football club for a long time.

“We all now have the ability to embrace this reset stage and look forward together. A united football club is a high-performing football club, and I want every Carlton member and supporter to know that myself, the staff and the players will leave no stone unturned to make that happen.”

Carlton backs Voss’s premiership pedigree

Carlton said the team looked at more than 10 candidates, with former Hawthorn mentor Alastair Clarkson and ex-Fremantle coach Ross Lyon both pulling out of the race.

“After a thorough and considered selection process, Voss’s credentials and vast experience in football made him the right person for the job,” club president Luke Sayers said.

The Blues have not reached the finals since finishing eighth in 2013 and backed Voss to help them recapture some success.

“Michael demonstrated a strong understanding of the key fundamental requirements for Carlton right now: inspirational and accountable leadership, driver of a united and ambitious culture, builder of trusting and collaborative relationships and a deep and genuine desire to deliver strong on-field performance,” Sayers added.

“With Michael, we are getting someone who knows exactly what it takes to achieve high performance — which is consistently winning games of football, to provide the opportunity to compete in September and ultimately win premierships. He has experienced the ultimate triumph as a captain, he’s played a big role in driving success as an assistant coach and it’s where we want to get to at this football club.

“We know that we have a highly talented, versatile playing group and we firmly believe that Michael is the person to get the most out of our players as people and as athletes.

“We are looking forward to each of them getting to work with Michael, as well as his new assistant coaching staff, and we are excited to begin this next reset phase together with the entire Carlton family, starting with pre-season in November.”

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