No panic at Carlton

CARLTON'S shock loss to the Gold Coast on Saturday night might have ramped up the pressure on Brett Ratten, but the club says it will not be rushed into making a decision on the coach's future.

President Stephen Kernahan issued a statement on the Blues' website yesterday morning, saying there would be no meetings to review the club's operations until after Sunday's clash with St Kilda.

"Everyone at the club is terribly disappointed with the loss on Saturday night, however it does not change our position in relation to reviewing our operations at the end of the season," Kernahan said in the statement.

The defeat to the 17th-placed Suns at Metricon Stadium ensured Carlton would not be playing finals football this season, raising speculation over Ratten's future.

Ratten has been under fire for most of this campaign with his team falling away after a fantastic start to the season had pundits touting Carlton for a possible premiership.

He is contracted for another season, but former Collingwood and West Coast coach Mick Malthouse is being touted as a likely replacement.


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