Carlton boss blasted over farewell letter

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Caroline Wilson has blasted outgoing Carlton president Mark LoGiudice over an open letter penned to the club's members detailing the successes of his tenure.

LoGiudice's letter was sent to Carlton members on Monday morning prior to his handover to incoming president Luke Sayers being completed in the final round of what has been another underwhelming season at the club.

In the letter, LoGiudice outlined ten successes he'd had during his time as president, including a record club membership of 81,302 members this season, a claim that was rubbished by Wilson.

"Speaking of the board, how about the outgoing president's self-serving letter to the members?" she said on Nine's Footy Classified.

Some of LoGiudice's ten points of success in his tenure were rubbished by Wilson (Getty)

"Basically Mark LoGiudice gave himself ten complimentary things that he'd done. One of them, a record membership of 81,000 members, sorry, didn't they give away a free membership to anyone who wanted one?

"The worth of that membership would be at least $4 million less than any other club with 81,000 members, No knocking [Carlton CEO] Cain Liddle, great initiative, but an inaccurate boast."

LoGiudice also claimed that he'd implemented a board "with strong governance, strategy, succession and accountability", which was again shot down by Wilson.

"What a joke, what an utter joke," she said.

"They've had three coaches in his time, all failed, sorry David Teague but it has been a failure so far.

Carlton has endured yet another failed season despite lofty pre-season ambitions (Getty)

"They're onto their third CEO, they got rid of Gregg Swann who's gone on to do pretty impressive things in Brisbane.

"He cannot say that the governance, with what they've put that footy club through this year, is strong.

"Yes, they've introduced a women's team with many other people, but seriously. The Reconcilliation Action Plan, Eddie Betts I think is their Indigenous liason officer.

"I'm not saying they have an issue with their Indigenous players, but they are not a strong footy club and they've failed in the one area you're meant to succeed, that's on the field."

The letter was also heavily criticised by Footy Classified host Craig Hutchison, who called it "tone-deaf".

LoGiudice has presided over a number of coaches in his time at Carlton, including Brendon Bolton (Getty)

"You almost felt as if that came from one of those fake tweet accounts when you first saw it," he said.

"If there are hard decisions to be made in the review, be it coaching, recruiting or otherwise, he should've those decisions and announced them. The right thing to do was to actually put his name to decisions before he left."

Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes also chimed in, saying the letter indicated just how out of touch the board had come with Carlton's rabid fanbase that is hungry for success.

"Supporters don't care about that stuff, they want wins," he said.

"When you've been a basket case for 20 years, it just shows that a letter like that is so out of touch."

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