Michael Voss is set to be ‘slaughtered’ while Carlton powerbroker Bruce Mathieson targets the ‘weak’ board

A carlton Powerbroker has gone nuclear, attacking AFL club president Luke Sayers and pointing the finger at a “weak” board.

Billionaire slots king Bruce Mathieson believes Carlton manager Michael Voss – appointed by Sayers ahead of the 2022 season – is likely to be fired due to poor board decisions.

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There have been high hopes for the Blues this season, but the daggers were sharpened last week after a disastrous loss to Brisbane on Friday night.

Carlton started 2023 on a four-game unbeaten streak but currently sits in eighth place and has lost three of their last four games (the only win coming against a weak West Coast).

The pressure on blues coach Michael Voss continues to increase. Credit: Getty Images

There are now doubts as to whether the Blues can make it to the final – something they haven’t since 2013.

While many critics point fingers at the coach and regularly scrutinize the team’s poor ball movements, Mathieson – a passionate Carlton man but a vocal critic – has higher aspirations.

He says Voss will take it “on the back of his neck” because of the board’s decision.

Mathieson is particularly critical of the club’s decision to keep football boss Brad Lloyd.

“(Voss) will be butchered because the Carlton board is so weak” Mathieson told the Herald Sun.

“I’m not trying to split Vossy in half. I just think we’re miserably managed. It’s a shame.

“I wouldn’t have left Lloyd there to begin with … I mean look at the difference in Collingwood since they went out and got a coach (Craig McRae). There has been an incredible change since the old Collingwood establishment was dismembered. And that is exactly what we need to have.”

He said Sayers is “the boss” and should take full responsibility for all decisions and the club’s plight.

Brad Lloyd alongside sacked coach David Teague in 2021. Credit: Getty Images

However, Voss has dismissed the “obsession” over his side’s Finals chances, saying it is too early in the season to make such decisions.

“It seems like an obsession to set a season by round eight,” a defiant Voss said Friday.

“The whole conversation confuses me a bit because the agenda of how we want to approach our business was set by the closing siren at the end of last year.”

The Blues now face a crucial clash against the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.

“I don’t think we should be clear about our expectations,” Voss said.

“We don’t just want to take part in finals. We want to have a say. We want to make a difference.

“It’s pretty clear what we want to achieve. It’s just that thinking about the future doesn’t help us now.”

– With AAP

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