Can a rookie do the job that Mick Malthouse couldn't?

AFL: It's a job that even the great Mick Malthouse found too difficult.

But rookie Brendon Bolton (pictured) is ready for the challenge of trying to make Carlton great again.

The Blues yesterday revealed at Ikon Park what everyone in the footy world expected: that the 36-year-old Hawthorn assistant would be their new senior coach.

And, significantly, his new club would have his full focus almost immediately, choosing not to be involved in the Hawks' final two home-and-away games against Brisbane and Carlton or their finals campaign.

The Tasmanian, who began his career in charge of North Hobart at age 24, last year become renowned for his upbeat demeanour, but that was while coaching Hawthorn to five wins while filling in for a hospitalised Alastair Clarkson.

Time will tell if he will be able to maintain a smile with the Blues who face a rebuild, with them set to finish second-bottom, and undergo a clean-out of the playing list.

Bolton, whose appointment was a unanimous decision by the Carlton board, said he would be sitting down with list manager Steve Silvagni in the next few weeks, once the Blues had completed their season under caretaker coach John Barker.

Bolton, who has not signed a traditional contract but becomes a member of Carlton's staff, becomes the fifth of Clarkson's assistants to win a senior role, after Damien Hardwick (Richmond), Leon Cameron (GWS), Adam Simpson (West Coast) and Luke Beveridge (Western Bulldogs).

Bolton paid respect to Clarkson, who he said "showed me how to innovate".

Hours before Bolton was informed of the Blues' decision, he attended the funeral of Cooper Ratten, the son of former Carlton coach and current Hawk assistant Brett Ratten.


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