Carlton coach David Teague has chosen to see the positive after his side’s losses but Kane Cornes isn’t buying it.
Teague has come under fire in recent weeks with the Blues slipping to a 2-4 start despite being tipped by many to make the finals in the pre-season after the off-season acquisitions of Zac Williams and Adam Saad.
While die-hard Blues fans have been left livid with the performances, Teague has constantly seen the positive side.
“I have belief in the way they’re going about it,” Teague said after Carlton’s 18-point loss to Brisbane.
“Some people won’t like hearing this, but I have a lot of confidence in our group that they’re going to get better, they’ll keep working at it.
“We all want it to happen next week, I get that, but what we can control is the way we go about it, our work rate and our culture, and I’m really comfortable with that at the moment.”
Cornes was left far from impressed by Teague’s message to the media and the fans and called for a more genuine response to his side’s inconsistent on-field performances.
“I don’t think he’s being honest,” he told Nine’s Footy Classified.
“I want to hear what he’s telling the players because I hope it’s not that, I really do.
“They’ve beaten Gold Coast and Fremantle and he’s happy with how they’re going. He says he feels for the fans, well so he should because it’s been 20 years.
“Give me what Matthew Nicks said, give me what Adam Simpson said, he said, ‘We were weak’, not that Carlton were weak, but I want some emotion and some passion. It’s on repeat, I’ve played it over and over and over again.”
The Age’s AFL reporter Sam McClure echoed Cornes’ concerns, saying Teague’s messaging went against the club’s own ambitions for the season.
“It flies in the face of what they did in recruiting, that’s what’s wrong with it,” he told Footy Classified.
“They’re nowhere near it. They go get Saad, they go get Williams and they say we’re ready and he keeps saying, ‘We’ll get there’, they’re not a ‘we’ll get there’ side anymore, they’ve had those years, it’s time.”