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Why the Blues had to act on Brendon Bolton

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On Sunday evening, in the immediate, grey gloom of Carlton's limp loss to Essendon, the decision to remove Brendon Bolton was finally made by a Carlton hierarchy that had been holding off a sacking has seemed almost preordained since early in the season.

The Carlton board communicated their position to one another in the evening, prompting a Monday morning meeting between the three key officials – president Mark LoGiudice, chief executive Cain Liddle, football boss Brad Lloyd – and the coach, who had also received a clear hint from Liddle the previous week that he was in strife.

Long walk: Brendon Bolton during his final visit to Ikon ParkCredit:Jason South

Not that Bolton - or anyone in the AFL universe - really needed to be told. No coach will endure the kind of numbers that Bolton posted over the past season and a half, no matter what alibis or excuses can be put forward in his defence – including the ground zero rebuild that Stephen Silvagni orchestrated.

The Blues sat two games behind the 17th team and,........

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