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Former Hawk drops Clarkson to Carlton bombshell


Ben Dixon has dropped a bombshell relating to Hawthorn’s Alastair Clarkson.

The former Hawks forward believes the four-time premiership coach is set to leave the club at the conclusion of this season.

Dixon suggests Clarkson could take over at Carlton.

“I reckon that he will leave at the end of the year, ‘Clarko’,” Dixon said on the Don’t Argue podcast.

“I reckon he'll step out and coach someone else. A lot's going to change in 10 weeks.

“He is not in it for another rebuild to build to another flag (at Hawthorn).”

Clarkson is contracted with the Hawks until 2022 but Dixon feels that commitment will not necessarily determine his future.

Dixon added: “If you read his interview on (Fox Footy's) AFL 360 when he was asked, he said, I'll do what the club want me to do to the duration of his contract.

“But he'll get to a point right at the end of the year, where (he says), 'righto, we need to reassess that'. The goalposts change, they do, you can say that now.

“He's a legend at Hawthorn, he can't do any more.

“He (Clarkson) needs a new challenge big-time and I think his challenge is Carlton.

“I reckon Carlton hold off until the end of the year they are going to get their man for $2 mil (million a year).

“It’s a massive carrot, he’s been in the job, this is his 15th year. He’s done it all, he’s a Hawthorn legend.”

Carlton sacked Brendon Bolton earlier this month and are on the hunt for a new coach with David Teague currently in the caretaker position.

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