Carlton pursue Alastair Clarkson, as Brian Cook joins Blues from Geelong

Carlton is refusing to give up on luring Alastair Clarkson to the club, with reports newly-appointed chief executive Brian Cook will attempt to woo the legendary coach.

Since departing the Hawks following the conclusion of the 2021 season, Clarkson has maintained that he plans to take next year off before looking into his future, despite a number of approaches from the Blues.

According to The Age, Cook, who yesterday replaced the sacked Cain Liddle at Carlton, is planning to personally contact Clarkson with hopes the four-time premiership-winning coach changes his mind.

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It comes following reports the club has also interviewed assistants Michael Voss, Adam Kingsley and Daniel Giansiracusa.

It’s understood Voss, a Brisbane Lions great and now Port Adelaide assistant, and Kingsley, an assistant at Richmond, are strongly in the mix for Carlton’s top job.

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Meanwhile, Cook has joined the Blues on a three-year deal.

After taking West Coast from a start-up to a two-time AFL premiership juggernaut, Cook led Geelong during a highly successful 23-year period, reviving the club’s finances and overseeing three flags.

“This is a significant pillar of the club’s ‘reset’ strategy, whereby our football club is striving to bring in the best available people with strong leadership, who thrive on building and driving a high-performing culture,” said Carlton president Luke Sayers.

“That is exactly what Carlton needs to take our next significant step, and nobody fits that criteria better than Brian Cook.”

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