Carlton list manager Stephen Silvagni has taken aim at Caroline Wilson for her comments regarding the dismissal of former Blues CEO Steven Trigg.
Wilson slammed the Blues in a piece for The Age following Trigg’s dismissal, calling the club’s treatment of him “shameful” and labelling Silvagni as one of the key figures in getting rid of the former Chief Executive.
Speaking on Nine’s Footy Classified, Silvagni unleashed on Wilson for claims that were “totally untrue”.
“You actually said I was one of the ‘henchmen’, that I was actually part of getting rid of Steven Trigg,” Silvagni said.
Silvagni took issue with Wilson’s comments regarding ex-Blues CEO Steven Trigg (AAP)
“Steven Trigg actually gave me my start at the Carlton Football Club.
“Steven Trigg and myself actually had a really good relationship and I actually owe this job to Steven Trigg.
The Carlton legend mentioned that Wilson’s claims had “put a wedge” between he and Trigg before they worked out the miscommunication.
Silvagni has been at the head of the club’s list rebuild since 2015 and launched a spirited defence of his side following a dismal start to the AFL season.
Silvagni pleads for patience
The AFL Life Member said that the Blues will look at every avenue to improve in the off-season, including dealing a potential first overall pick at this year’s AFL National Draft.
“I think you look at every option. Everything is for sale,” he said.
“We will be patient in terms of what we select at the draft and what we go after free agency in the trade situation.”
Silvagni has overseen arguably the most painful period in the history of the club, and he urged Blues fans to have patience.
“We’re virtually two and a half years into the build. We have been to our three drafts, which we basically said to our members and our supporters — we were really strong on that. And we need patience really,” Silvagni said.
“It’s no quick fix. We have a very young list and we have to be patient and develop our talent.”
The Blues are currently chained to the bottom of the AFL ladder with just one win in 16 games this season, and sit eight points adrift of the 17th placed Gold Coast Suns.
The one shining light in the Blues’ calamitous season has been star midfielder Patrick Cripps, and Silvagni said the Blues and Cripps are “in negotiations” on a contract extension.
Getting Cripps’ future locked into the struggling club is high on the Blues’ priority list and Silvagni said the Blues were “confident” of getting a deal done, but refused to put a timeframe on any announcement.
Carlton will aim to get their second win of the season when they take on Hawthorn at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.