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LoGiudice praises Barker's impact on Blues

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: John Barker, Interim Senior Coach of the Blues addresses his players during the 2015 AFL round ten match between the Carlton Blues and the Adelaide Crows at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 6, 2015. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Carlton interim coach John Barker

UPBEAT Carlton president Mark LoGiudice has lauded the efforts of caretaker coach John Barker but insists there are "no predetermined outcomes" in the search for a long-term replacement for Mick Malthouse.

In his third game in charge last week, Barker took the Blues to an upset win over Port Adelaide at the MCG, the club's second win of the season and first in Australia.

"John Barker has immediately stamped his authority on the playing group, and has received strong support from his assistant coaches, led by Rob Wiley," LoGiudice said at a luncheon before the Blues' clash with Gold Coast at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

"There is no doubt – absolutely no doubt – that John's positive impact is being noticed."

LoGiudice said the recently announced selection panel that will find the next Blues coach entered the process with clear minds.

"Despite suggestions in the media, the panel has a mandate to be very thorough in the (selection) process, and I can assure you that there is no predetermined outcomes (regarding) who will coach the Carlton Football Club," he said.

A year since he was appointed as Stephen Kernahan's successor as Carlton president, LoGiudice said it had only been in recent days that "we have had some clear air in which we can focus on our core business, and that is winning games of AFL football".

"To date, the key area of focus at the club has been the rebuild of our culture – a culture that promotes leadership, encourages innovation and creativity, and a united culture that is respectful and inclusive," he said.

"We have seen in recent weeks … that the early signs of culture change is on track."

The Blues president praised the club's onfield leaders for their conduct and performances since Malthouse's departure and was also excited by the efforts of young players such as Patrick Cripps, Tom Bell, Sam Docherty, Dylan Buckley, Troy Menzel and Nick Graham.

Carlton's reserves team, the Northern Blues, played a VFL curtain-raiser against Frankston before the AFL clash, and LoGiudice said he would love to see more such games in which fans could gain a glimpse of the future.

He also revealed that Carlton has expressed its interest to the AFL in fielding a team in a national women's competition.