Departing Carlton coach Brett Ratten insists he's doing the right thing by himself and the AFL club by taking charge of the Blues for one last time against St Kilda on Sunday.
Ratten, 41, was told by the Blues board on Wednesday that he would be dumped despite having a full year remaining on his contract.
The decision was taken in the wake of Saturday's shock loss to Gold Coast, which ended their finals chances.
Ratten could have chosen to leave the club straight away, but will instead stay in the top job for the dead rubber final round match against the Saints.
"I started the year - I want to finish the year," Ratten told a media conference on Thursday.
"... that is my role and I am not hiding from one thing."
Three-time West Coast and Collingwood premiership coach Mick Malthouse is the hot favourite to succeed Ratten.
Carlton president Stephen Kernahan said the club would now turn its attention to finding a new coach.
"We're looking for a respected senior coach," said Kernahan.
"(Malthouse) is certainly in the mix."
Ratten, 41, said he wanted to be a career AFL coach.
But he said he did not care who took charge of the Blues in 2013 and beyond.
Ratten stood by his pre-season claim that Carlton should have been targeting a top-four finish in 2012 and that should also be the aim for the new coach in 2013.
"The club has been ruthless in its quest for success and that's one of its great strengths as a footy club," said Ratten.
"At the end of the day we didn't play finals and that was our objective.
"I am disappointed that I am not coaching the club I played at and have been a part of, but I can't change that.
"I don't think they should lower their expectations whether I'm the coach or when the next coach comes in."