Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Ratts Pays Price for Raising Hopes

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Ratts Pays Price for Raising Hopes

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SHIRTFRONT

TERRY MALLINDER

A USUALLY mild-mannered Brett Ratten was talking tough pre-season. Speaking to 7000 Carlton supporters at a Visy Park function in February, the former skipper-turned-coach was giving them what they wanted to hear.

There was no cautious approach such as C[pounds sterling]we'll just aim for finals and see what happensC[yen].

Instead he let rip with: C[pounds sterling]This club is about expectations. We demand success and we expect success. We want to finish in the top four. We want to give ourselves the best chance of having a crack at that last day in September and we'll be striving for that.C[yen]

A month later, on the eve of a season in which most in the football world did indeed have the Blues pencilled in as a top-four finisher and premiership challenger, Ratten was not about to C[pounds sterling]shy awayC[yen] from his earlier statements.

C[pounds sterling]It could bite you on the bum ... it might not,C[yen] he said.

In the end it, it did Co hard Co and was followed by a boot that will send him out the door.

The Blues confirmed yesterday what a blind man could have seen coming Co that Ratten would not be coaching in 2013. Well, at their club anyway.

After Carlton gained a raft of high draft picks, recruited a bald Eagle (Chris Judd) and cut the fat (Brendan Fevola), the Blues' slogan from a couple of years back was C[pounds sterling]We're comingC[yen]. But as quickly as they had seemingly arrived, they were gone again.

The Blues began this season with all guns blazing and certainly looked on track to live up to expectations after three straight wins.

But a tough draw and an unfortunate run of injuries saw them derailed mid-season, and eventually resulted in a cataclysmic C[pounds sterling]train wreckC[yen] last Saturday.

Having watching Carlton self-destruct, Gold Coast can learn that success will not simply come with a C[pounds sterling]raft of high draft picksC[yen].

The Blues line-up that lost to the Suns Co and sealed Ratten's fate Co had seven top-six picks, including three No.1s. They also had 1182 games worth of experience over their opponents. …

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