LoGiudice would not be drawn at the AGM on whether he would continue as president beyond 2021, saying he had not made a decision.
Under Carlton’s rules, LoGiudice is slated stand down from the presidency – and the board – in 12 months, because of term limits, unless he seeks and receives an endorsement from the members to continue past the 12-year limit (for directors).
Well-connected Carlton sources believe that Luke Sayers, the board member who recently stepped down as Australian chief executive of PricewaterhouseCoopers and has strong business and political connections, is the most likely successor to LoGiudice when he steps down, whether that is in 12 months, or later.
Hollingsworth, a former chairman of Softball Australia who manages a private investment fund, had campaigned on a platform that Carlton’s lack of on-field success and removal of various coaches and key executives under those three directors over the past decade (all three having been there since 2012) – headed by the president – warranted a change.
LoGiudice, however, argued that the Blues had the strongest playing list they had owned for a long time and were on an upward trajectory on the field, having also wiped off their once-crippling debt and created new businesses that were not reliant on football revenues, while also positioning the club to reduce its reliance on gaming revenue.
The Blues have had healthy growth in membership since the appointment of Cain Liddle as chief executive, Liddle having crossed from Richmond where he played a role in that club’s fan engagement under chief executive Brendon Gale.