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Suns Seeking New Coach

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Just days after the Suns were defeated by Melbourne in Round 20. the club announced that Coach Rodney Eade's contract would not be extended. Eade was told by the board on the Monday following the Suns' loss. The board voted unanimously not to retain Eade who decided not to see out the year. Assistant coach Dean Solomon will take the reins for the final games.

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New Carlton Coach Announced

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

There was no shortage of speculation for the Carlton coaching job and the man who finally landed the job is Hawthorn assistant Brendon Bolton. Bolton has had a long and varied journey. Originally from Tasmania, he was captain-coach of North Hobart as well as a premiership player for the club in 2003. That same year, he won the Horrie Gorringe Medal (Tasmania's Brownlow equivalent). A physical education teacher by trade, he had stints with the Tasmanian Devils and Clarence before coming to Hawthorn's VFL affiliate Box Hill. He started there as midfield then forward coach before being appointed their senior coach for two seasons in which Box Hill won the VFL premiership. In 2009, he became an assistant to Alastair Clarkson at Hawthorn. When Clarkson became ill in 2014, Bolton assumed the senior coaching duties for five games and steered the Hawks to victory in all of them.

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Malthouse Axed, AFL Investigates Betts Signing

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

There are several standard clichés which come from club boards when a senior coach is about to be fired. The first death knell comes in the form of a club statement declaring the coach has the support of the board. The second is the club's statement that a review will take place either mid-season or at the end of the year. Several weeks ago the alarm bells began to toll at Carlton. Then - just before Round Eight - the board issued the statement that a review would take place during Carlton's bye week in Round 11.

As it transpired, the axe fell two weeks early, with a meeting taking place Tuesday afternoon after the Blues' loss to Geelong.

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Assistant Coaches Merry-Go-Round

Melbourne has welcomed back one of its own with the appointment of former player Todd Viney as general manager of player development.

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