Brett Ratten will be the coach of St Kilda for the rest of the season
The ST KILDA carer, Brett Ratten, has managed to return to the high training rings, and has recognized his opportunity to prove the first vacant position in the Saints and, at the same time, refuse to rule out a possible return to Carlton .
Ratten, who trained the Blues between 2007 and 2012, will lead the Saints for the rest of the season after the club was separated Tuesday with Alan Richardson.
Carlton has not yet been approached for 48 years, but says he would consider interviewing for his vacant coaching role.
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Much has changed for Ratten since he sat in the chair.
The highly qualified mentor played a key role in the triple of Prime Minister Hawthorn 2013-15 as assistant to Alastair Clarkson.
He also experienced tragedy in the field when his teenage son Cooper died in a car accident in 2015.
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"I'm probably not so emotional," Ratten said Thursday when he asked how he had changed since training at Carlton.
"When you're a younger coach – and you're probably at the club you've played, I've probably also gotten a bit stuck in being there.
"I have had many things in my life since this period and maybe I also see life very different. I laugh and enjoy it because there are things that you can change and there are things that you can not change.
"When you are in a senior coaching role, you will probably be trying to do the right thing by fixing it, but sometimes you can not do it".
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Although a good performance in the remaining six weeks will undoubtedly help Ratten lead the Saints beyond this season, there is a strong speculation that Melbourne's expressman Brad Scott is in the box.
The Saints insist that they will go through a rigorous search, but there is an intrigue added to Ratten's statement that he is open to meet at Carlton.
"We would consider it," said Ratten.
"But that has not happened and I'm only worried about what I can do at St Kilda Footy Club.
"I was very fortunate that they came to me last year with Richo and they offered me a place here and I really enjoyed my time. My focus is on what we can do here in Los Santos and we try to win on the board . "
Ratten's first challenge takes place on Sunday when saints face Western Bulldogs at the Marvel Stadium.
Dan Hannebery, a stellar recruit plagiarized by injuries, will lose another week, but Ratten has insisted that he will continue to be an opportunity to play this season again.
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