Blues' AFLW footy boss departs as review fallout continues

THE CHANGES have continued within Carlton's AFLW program, with the club's women's football boss Brett Munro departing the club following the sacking of senior coach Daniel Harford earlier this week.

It's understood Blues players were informed that Munro wouldn't be continuing in his post shortly after being updated on the departure of Harford on Tuesday, as the club continues to delve into the fallout of a full-scale review into its AFLW program.

Carlton confirmed it had parted ways with Harford on Tuesday evening, saying that a key recommendation of its AFLW review was the requirement of a full-time coach and that the former Blues player was "unable to service the role in a full-time capacity".

Munro is subsequently the second victim of the review, having taken control of Carlton's AFLW setup on a full-time basis in May 2021. He had previously held the position in an interim capacity.

Carlton's general manager of women's football Brett Munro. Picture: Carlton FC

The club confirmed on Thursday morning that Munro's contract would not be renewed in the aftermath of the review.

"These decisions are never easy, however key findings in the review made it apparent that a change was required in relation to the leadership within our AFLW program," Carlton President Luke Sayers said.

"We will continue to work through the recommendations provided and further details relating to this process will be communicated in due course.

"Brett Munro has shown unquestionable dedication to our AFLW program. The time and energy he has invested in not only the team, but our entire club, since first arriving at IKON Park three years ago must be acknowledged. In that time, Brett has led our program through what has been a significant and unprecedented period in the AFLW competition where he has remained committed in growing and navigating the program.

"Throughout his tenure at the Club, Brett has made a significant contribution to the program, which is something we will long remain grateful for."

Carlton leaves the field looking dejected during round one, season seven, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

As revealed by in December, the Blues board launched an historic review into their AFLW program to uncover the reasons behind a disappointing two-win campaign in season seven.

The review, which was among the first of its kind in an AFLW environment, found there was "at times confusion with the gameplan and lack of alignment and consistency with its implementation".

It continued: "The review has found that there are some key barriers to success, relating to systems, culture, coaching structures and insufficient leadership to support and drive professionalism and elite behaviours."

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The panel conducting Carlton's AFLW review was made up of both internal and independent members and was be led by both Laura Kane, the AFL's general manager of competition management and a former key off-field member of North Melbourne's foundation AFLW side, as well as Errol Amerasekera, a director at the renowned high-performance and cultural organisation Bluestone Edge.

The internal panel members consisted of Carlton CEO Brian Cook, football boss Brad Lloyd, the club's general manager of people and culture Donna Price, and its general manager of media, communications and marketing Vanessa Gigliotti.

The review into the club's AFLW program came barely 18 months after Carlton launched a high-profile external review into its men's football program that resulted in the sacking of then-senior coach David Teague and the eventual departure of his entire assistant coaching group.