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Bolton faces month of truth

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Brendon Bolton’s future will likely be shaped over the next four Carlton games, when the Blues meet clubs that are either in their same weight division – St Kilda and the Dogs – or teams that are beatable if they’re below par in Essendon and Brisbane.

Crunch time: Blues coach Brendon Bolton.Credit:AAP

The loss to the Giants was awful, the second time in three weeks that they’ve been abject. A howler against fellow-straggler North was followed by a spirited near miss versus Collingwood, then another meek effort against a ruthless GWS, who put the clamps on Patrick Cripps (a victim of De Boer war), battered the hapless Marc Murphy (crunched by Shane Mumford) and ran the sword through the mostly baby Blues.

Commendably, the Blues have been standing by their man as the losses have piled up, but there will come a point when that unconditional support ceases. When? It will be difficult to remove the coach mid-season, as the Blues have in the past, because they have been so strong in backing Bolton. They know, too, that another sacking – chief executive Stephen Trigg was culled less than two years ago – will reinforce their image as executioners and bring external condemnation, even if the members........

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