Voss has been working as Ken Hinkley’s senior assistant at Port Adelaide and beat a hot field for the Blues job.
His appointment as Carlton’s 35th coach came after former Hawthorn premiership mastermind Alastair Clarkson and ex-Fremantle and St Kilda grand-final coach Ross Lyon ruled themselves out of the running.
“We couldn’t be happier as a board and a football club to officially announce Michael as our AFL senior coach,” Carlton president Luke Sayers said.
“After a thorough and considered selection process, Voss’ credentials and vast experience in football made him the right person for the job.”
Voss, 46, played 289 senior games and captained Brisbane to three premierships from 2001-03, won a Brownlow Medal and was a five-time All Australian before being inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
After retiring in 2006 he coached the Lions from 2009-13 and joined Port Adelaide in 2015 as midfield coach,, becoming senior assistant coach in 2019.
“Michael demonstrated a strong understanding of the key fundamental requirements for Carlton right now: inspirational and accountable leadership, driver of a united and ambitious culture, builder of trusting and collaborative relationships and a deep and genuine desire to deliver strong on-field performance,” Carlton said today.
“With Michael, we are getting someone who knows exactly what it takes to achieve high performance — which is consistently winning games of football, to provide the opportunity to compete in September and ultimately win premierships. He has experienced the ultimate triumph as a captain, he’s played a big role in driving success as an assistant coach and it’s where we want to get to at this football club.
“We know that we have a highly talented, versatile playing group and we firmly believe that Michael is the person to get the most out of our players as people and as athletes.
“We are looking forward to each of them getting to work with Michael, as well as his new assistant coaching staff, and we are excited to begin this next reset phase together with the entire Carlton family, starting with pre-season in November.”
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