Gold Coast stars ‘do NOT want Alastair Clarkson to take over from Stuart Dew’ with Hawks great casting a long shadow over the AFL – and ‘club chiefs will WALK if Gillon McLachlan tells them to sack current coach and appoint four-time flag winner’
- Gold Coast Suns stars have thrown their support behind coach Stuart Dew
- The Suns boss has been under huge pressure amid links with Alastair Clarkson
- However, reports suggest that the players are fully in support of the 42-year-old
- Club chiefs will reportedly walk if they are made to appoint Clarkson as boss
Alastair Clarkson’s prospects of taking over at the Gold Coast Suns appear to be dwindling by the day, with the club’s players reportedly throwing their full backing behind Stuart Dew.
Dew entered the 2022 campaign under huge pressure to provide results with the coaches future at the Suns facing increasing uncertainty amid links with the Hawthorn legend.
AFL chiefs are reportedly in favour of Clarkson taking the job in a bid to kickstart the expansion club, which has largely failed to pull its weight since its first season in the competition back in 2011.
Gold Coast Suns players do not want Alastair Clarkson to take over as their coach, reports say
Suns boss Stuart Dew has been under intense pressure amid poor showings for the new club
But according to The Herald Sun, Dew has won huge backing from top to bottom at the club, with Gold Coast players and chiefs desperate for the 42-year-old to stick around.
In fact, if the club hierarchy had their way, they would offer Dew a two-year extension and put to bed any doubts about his future.
However, the same outlet explains that two scenarios could see Dew depart at the end of the season.
The Suns have made a strong start to the campaign and boast a record of 4-5, but if their form bombs in the latter half of the year then the club may have no choice but to part ways with him.
However, the Herald Sun says that the players are very much in full support of the current boss
The second circumstance could see the AFL take matters into their own hands and demand that the Suns install Clarkson as the new head coach.
While the players respect the former Hawthorn coach’s record and standing in the game, they are understood to be very much Dew’s players. More pertinently, if AFL chief Gillon McLachlan were to intervene, it could see the likes of Tony Cochrane and Mark Evans hand in their resignations.
McLachlan, for his part, said earlier this year that he would not interfere in the coaching situation at the Sun, and recently denied claims that the league would pay Clarkson ‘ambassadorial’ money if he ended up at Gold Coast.
It has been reported that club chiefs will walk if AFL boss Gillon McLachlan intervenes and forces them to sack Dew and appoint Clarkson
Before a ball was kicked this season, Suns star Matt Rowell said: ‘We have come too far with Dewey. And we know Dewey has belief in us and that’s a big thing.
‘Personally, I have really loved playing for Dewey and we love how he coaches and also the person he is off the field.
‘We just want to continue on this journey for him and keep improving.’