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Presidential blue brewing

Ahmed Fahour.

Ahmed Fahour. Photo: Wayne Taylor

THE plot has thickened in Carlton's potential board reshuffle with a second presidential candidate emerging, PricewaterhouseCoopers chief executive Luke Sayers.

The board, which meets tomorrow night, will attempt to thrash out a proposed restructure of directors with strong support for both Sayers and Australia Post chief Ahmed Fahour.

PricewaterhouseCoopers chief executive Luke Sayers.

PricewaterhouseCoopers chief executive Luke Sayers. Photo: James Davies

It is understood president Stephen Kernahan is keen to oversee a succession plan and avoid what is looming as a divisive power struggle but remain at the helm for at least one more season. His dilemma in the short term is how to manage another influx of directors.

Kernahan, and Richard Pratt before him, had vowed to radically reduce the board that had shrunk by one to 11 before Pratt's widow, Jeanne, was voted on as a director and vice-president early last year.

Her son-in-law, director Raphael Geminder, is a strong supporter of Fahour and has used his significant financial clout to push for him to join the board. Sayers is supported by director Mark Lo Giudice. Kernahan is understood to have met with Sayers in recent weeks and has supported a general push for more business expertise to become involved with the club at board level.

Tomorrow night will see discussion on how to introduce Fahour and Sayers along with incoming directors Craig Mathieson - the nephew of Carlton's pokies benefactor Bruce Mathieson - and Ryan Trainor with only three directors at present prepared to step down. It remains uncertain whether Kernahan could be forced out as part of the reshuffle. Instead of reducing the board by one, as previously planned this year, the current scenario would see it expanded to 13.

Kernahan said last Friday he hoped for a resolution by October 31.

33 comments

  • I thought Carlton would have simply sacked their Board and gone out and bought another one. You know from Sydney, West Coast, Geelong, Adelaide, Hawthorn, Collingwood etc., etc.

    Commenter
    Jeff
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    September 18, 2012, 9:29AM
    • You mean: "backed" their board and then gone out and bought another one. You know from Sydney, West Coast, Geelong, Adelaide, Hawthorn, Collingwood etc., etc.

      Commenter
      Steelbreese
      Date and time
      September 18, 2012, 10:19AM
    • finally Kernaghan has acted and done something positive for the club and people are calling for his head! What is Walls on about, it was OK with the powerbroker money coming in when he was coach, when its Michael Malthouse he takes exception. Is this jealousy? I can only see one way for Carlton now. Carlton & Malthouse are a great pairing. Win at all costs and bugger the rest. Look out.

      Lets get Fev back

      Commenter
      Gaz
      Location
      Yarrawonga
      Date and time
      September 18, 2012, 10:22AM
    • Good one @Jeff! That made me smile.

      With Ahmed Fahour on the board, I guess Murphy has a shot at being an environmental ambassador for AusPost?
      And with Luke Sayers on the board, I guess eddie betts will get promoted to partner at PWC?
      Is judd now the ceo at visy?

      for sure, if Luke Sayers donates to carlton that watch he's waring in the photo, carlton will be able to afford cloke

      I'm only kidding!!

      We all know that everything is now above board down at blue town.........

      Commenter
      Kam i Am
      Location
      Arden St
      Date and time
      September 18, 2012, 10:29AM
    • What's the point? The last bunch of board of directors weren't up to scratch... How is this any different if you're only changing one? If you're truly serious about a good cleanout and a good start to any ailing business, sports or otherwise, look at the way the previous governance has been run, change the whole board and start fresh without further influencing from insiders. Let the Club decide and not the management. The Club is Carlton, not the management that broke it.

      Commenter
      Blued
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 18, 2012, 10:35AM
    • I really hope that Ahmed Fahour is put on the board. He was useless at NAB and sent the place backwards with his dictatorial and arrogant approach. Hopefully, he can do the same at Carlton and send them to football wasteland for many years to come.

      Commenter
      Hawker
      Date and time
      September 18, 2012, 10:50AM
    • You're quite right @Steelbreese, what was I thinking to be so upfront!

      Commenter
      Jeff
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 18, 2012, 11:59AM
    • @Kam I Am - I think you mean "With Ahmed Fahour on the board, I guess Travis Cloke has a shot at being an environmental ambassador for AusPost?"

      Commenter
      The J Dog
      Location
      Arctic Park
      Date and time
      September 18, 2012, 12:35PM
  • we need a President and directors who speak for the members

    not just football acumen but business acumen and professionalism...this is the direction football is going in

    we have paid a terrible price for poor decision making in the past:

    - lost Princes Park as a home ground forever (massive conflict of interest for Ian Collins)
    - paid out coaches after recently extending their contracts (think Pagan and Ratten)
    - massive draft penalties for salary cap breaches which still hurts our playing list

    I have had enough of Carlton powerbrokers dragging the club's name through the dirt.

    Commenter
    A2B
    Date and time
    September 18, 2012, 9:49AM
    • Well said A2B. Princes Park should definitely have been kept for home games against lesser crowd pulling interstate teams. Malthouse's appointment with the peripheral assistant sackings and board rumblings have been unnecessary. 2012 should have been put down as the molehill of "one of those injury years" instead snowballing into the mountain of madness it has become.

      Commenter
      sickofitall
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 18, 2012, 12:25PM

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