St Kilda coach Brett Ratten has been sacked despite signing a two-year contract extension a matter of months ago. Check it out here.

Brett Ratten : Coach | Son accident | Coaching record

Brett Ratten is reportedly set to leave St Kilda just months after signing a new contract with the AFL club. 

Brett Ratten : Coach | Son accident | Coaching record

According to, Saints chiefs have come to the decision following a review of the club’s football operations, in which the team’s performances came under the spotlight.

Ratten signed a two-year extension back in July, taking him through to 2024, but a poor end to the season in which they failed to reach the finals for a second year running has forced the club’s hand. 

‘In addition to his strong football IQ, our players appreciate his ability to develop strong relationships, which he uses as a foundation to challenge each individual to get better and to deliver their role for the team.

‘This balance, and the ability to unite his coaches, players and staff in a relentless quest for excellence makes Brett the best person to lead us towards our much longed-for second premiership.’

Brett ratten coach

After retirement from playing, Ratten spent one year as an assistant coach at the Melbourne Football Club under senior coach Neale Daniher for the 2004 season, before leaving to take a head coaching role at the Norwood Football Club in the Eastern Football League’s Second Division. He coached there for two seasons.

Brett Ratten : Coach | Son accident | Coaching  record

Ratten returned to Carlton Football Club as an assistant coach under senior coach Denis Pagan for the 2007 season. On 24 July 2007, Carlton Football Club senior coach Denis Pagan was sacked during the middle of the season.

On 5 October 2012, Ratten accepted an assistant coaching position at the Hawthorn Football Club under senior coach Alastair Clarkson.

He commenced in November 2012 and subsequently was part of the club’s 2013, 2014 and 2015 premiership coaching panel. 

In 2018, St Kilda Football Club appointed Ratten as an assistant coach under senior coach Alan Richardson. Also Upon Richardson’s resignation in 2019, Ratten was appointed the caretaker senior coach of St Kilda Football Club for the remainder of the 2019 and In September 2019, after the end of the 2019 season, Ratten was appointed as full-time St Kilda Football Club senior coach.

Brett ratten son accident 

AFL coach Brett Ratten has opened up about the night he found out his 16-year-old son was killed in a horrific car accident.

Ratten’s son Cooper died in August 2015 when his mate, who was drink-driving, speeding and on drugs, crashed on a winding road near Yarra Glen in rural Victoria. 

Brett Ratten : Coach | Son accident | Coaching  record

The promising AFL player was sitting in the back of the car after attending a Yarra Vale Football Club function when it ran off the road after failing to negotiate a sharp left turn. 

Cooper, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle.  

Ratten, who coached Hawthorn at the time, went to bed at 1am on the night of the tragedy, before being woken up by a life-changing knock at his door at 5am.

But A police officer was at the door, and told the coaching legend his son had been in a serious car accident.

But before Ratten had a chance to head to Box Hill, the officer came back to his house to break the news that Cooper had died on his way to hospital.  

‘We lived in that house for another six months and every time that doorbell rang I wanted to blow it up, so we moved house. We had to move,’ he told the Herald Sun. 

Coaching record 

In his first full season as St Kilda senior coach, the competition was disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the season first suspended between March and June, then largely relocated to Queensland as the pandemic took hold in Victoria.

Brett Ratten : Coach | Son accident | Coaching  record

Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)  
2007–2012 Carlton 120 (60–59–1)
        2019–2022         St Kilda 68 (34-34-0)
Total   188 (94-93-1)

Late in the 2010 season, Ratten came under scrutiny as a coach when Carlton had several big losses, but the club nevertheless reached the finals again, finishing eighth.

Ratten began coaching from the boundary line rather than the coaches’ box during the season. Carlton were however eliminated by the Sydney Swans in the elimination final in the 2010 finals series.

Also In the 2011 season, he took the team to fifth and an elimination final victory against Essendon, the club’s first finals win for 10 years. However, Carlton were eliminated by West Coast Eagles in the semi-finals in the 2011 finals series.

There had been speculation that renewal of Ratten’s contract beyond 2011 was contingent on the club winning a final and his contract was extended to the end of 2013 after the season.

By Rishabh

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