Was Ratten Sacked? The Wednesday AFL Roundup

A look at all of Wednesday’s BIG headlines plus celebrating Krakouer's return (with highlights).

Robert Whiteby Robert White

By the time you read this it is possible that Carlton coach Brett Ratten will be unemployed. Rumours flew around Wednesday regarding the fate of Ratten: Had he been sacked? Will this weekend’s game v the Saints be his last? Everyone has their own opinion.

The Blues scheduled a press conference for 930am Thursday to address the fate of their beleaguered coach. The club said only one thing on Wednesday; that the press would "clarify the speculation surrounding Brett Ratten's coaching future".

Carlton’s season officially ended last Saturday, after having looked like top four team earlier this year, when they lost in embarrassing fashion to the lowly Gold Coast. A win would have provided a good shot at a finals birth.

Earlier this week another rumour hit the internet claiming that legendary former West Coast and Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse was set to take Ratten’s position and bring key forward Travis Cloke in from his old club.

Tomorrow will be interesting.

The AFL has a big decision to make regarding bench rotations.

Two seasons ago the AFL changed the four player interchange system to a three player, one sub system in order to limit the increasing amount of rotations being made by clubs. It had the reverse effect with more rotations now being made than ever before. On Wednesday it was revealed the league is deciding between one of three options: stay with the current format, have two on the interchange and two subs or a cap on interchanges.

Many in and around the game remain unhappy with the substitute change made two seasons ago and whatever the league decides to do, they surely will face a bit of backlash.

To the players: some good news and some bad.

Gold Coast ruckman Josh Fraser is calling it quits. The former No.1 pick in 1999 played 200 games for the Magpies before playing 18 games for Gold Coast over the past two seasons (just two this year) in a tutelage role.

Krakouer is back! Andrew Krakouer made a fairy-tale return to the AFL after serving jail time will continue this weekend, just six months after having a knee reconstruction.

Krakouer healed extremely fast and was great in the VFL last week with 29 touches, 10 tackles and eight clearances.