In an alarming mix up, the Carlton Football Club have appointed James Hird as their new senior coach.
The mistake is arguably one of Carlton’s biggest in the last few months.
A source close to the club said the appointment was a result of a ‘comedy of errors’ which were still not fully understood by those involved.
Blues CEO Steven Trigg said he was keen to get to the bottom of how he offered Hird a ten year, $8 million contract.
“While I’m not sure how this happened and admit it wasn’t intentional, I think it’s going to be terrific for the club. James has a proven track record of being a coach.”
“It’s possible I sent Brendon Bolton’s contract to the wrong address. I’d spilt a bit of wine on it, so the figure could have look like $8 million.”
Moves to void the contract have been blocked by lawyers acting for Hird.
Carlton fans have reacted with anger at the announcement.
“I guess we all make mistakes but I’m not happy about this at all,” said long time member Sharon Paulson.
“I’m used to this club being badly run but this is ridiculous. I never thought I’d say this but I’d prefer Mick.”
“Still, I guess Essendon are above us on the ladder.”
Caroline Wilson has called for Hird to be sacked.