CARLTON premiership player and coach Robert Walls says he has not decided whether to renew his Blues membership next season because of frustrations with the way the club is being run.
Walls, who played for Carlton in three premierships and coached the Blues to the flag in 1987, is not happy with the influence of rich benefactors behind the scenes and has been a consistent critic of the handling of Brett Ratten’s dismissal and subsequent appointment of Mick Malthouse.
“I’m not sure that they need my money when there are people there who have got a lot of money, and a lot of power, who I think make a lot of the decisions,” said Walls, who is a columnist for The Age.
“I’m not sure I want to contribute if those decisions are being made behind locked doors … it’s something that’s happened at Carlton for a long, long time.
“So, if you want me to support the club, I reckon you got to earn respect and trust.”
Walls suggests the club has been treating supporters like fools.
“I think Brett Ratten’s fate was determined by the halfway mark of the year, now who determined it? Was it the board or influential people at Carlton?”
“Do you think the Carlton Football Club is going to sack three (assistant) coaches without getting the tick of approval from Mick Malthouse?” said Walls on SEN.
“To sack the assistant coaches and then for Mick Malthouse to come out and say ‘I had no say in that’, and Carlton Football Club to say ‘he had no say in that’, don’t treat me like a fool.”
Walls also said he thought there was every chance Travis Cloke would cross from Collingwood to the Blues in the October trade period.
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