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Carlton refutes Ratten sacking claim
WWOS staff and AAP
16:00 AEST Wed Aug 29 2012
Brett Ratten
Carlton AFL coach Brett Ratten is staying positive despite speculation he is about to lose his job.

Carlton has denied it has told coach Brett Ratten he will be sacked after the final game of the AFL season.

Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper had reported that the Blues informed Ratten of his imminent departure, but appears to have backtracked from that statement.

The club has taken to Twitter to deny the report which comes a day after Ratten was pulled from his weekly scheduled press conference.

Carlton assistant coach Alan Richardson, who stood in for Ratten at the press conference, said the under-fire head coach is remaining positive and upbeat despite his uncertain future.

"He's incredibly optimistic and positive about coaching the team to respond to the weekend," Richardson said.

"In Brett Ratten's mind right now, from what we see as coaches, it's about making up for an incredibly disappointing performance.

"It's got nothing to do with Brett Ratten in terms of his own future.

"It's all about making sure that we respond as a footy club and a footy team this week."

There is strong speculation that Ratten will be replaced by former Collingwood premiership coach Mick Malthouse, although the Blues have said no decision will be made before Carlton's season ends against St Kilda on Sunday.