Gold Coast Suns have fired coach Stuart Dew, because the membership’s finals hopes fade once more for the 2023 season.
- The membership’s board made the choice final evening
- Dew is the membership’s longest-serving coach
- Senior assistant coast Steven King will take over as interim coach
Suns chairman Bob East stated the membership is decided to see enhancements all through the remainder of the season.
Mr East stated the membership’s board of administrators met final evening and “decided that Stuart Dew wouldn’t proceed in his function as Senior Coach”.
The Suns are of their thirteenth season within the league, and are the one membership within the AFL but to make finals.
After 17 rounds, the Gold Coast aspect is in thirteenth spot on the ladder, a sport and a half plus proportion out of the highest eight.
Dew leaves the Suns after 121 video games coached, with a report of 36 wins, one draw and 84 losses.
“Stuart has made a major contribution to this soccer membership, dedicating numerous hours in direction of serving to set up a platform from which our membership can develop,” Mr East stated.
“I would wish to take this chance to thank him, his spouse Sarah and household for the final six years.”
Steven King, who coached the midfield group below Dew, has been appointed interim coach.
The membership seemed to be on the up, ending tenth in 2022 with 10 wins. Nevertheless the Suns have determined to maneuver on from the previous Port Adelaide and Hawthorn premiership participant, who had another 12 months to run on his contract.
Latest large losses in opposition to Carlton (59 factors) and Collingwood (78 factors) had ramped up the strain on the Suns coach, significantly given reviews that former Richmond mentor Damien Hardwick — who resigned at Punt Highway earlier this season — was serious about teaching once more in future.
‘Stuey’s our coach’
A 33-point loss to Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval final weekend meant that the Suns wanted to win each remaining sport this season to have an opportunity of a breakthrough finals look, however the crew’s low proportion meant that even that will not be a assure of September motion.
Suns CEO Mark Evans backed Dew to see out his contract with the membership main into the match.
“I’ve stated time and time once more, Stuey’s our coach, [he’s] contracted for this 12 months and subsequent 12 months, [if he] does a superb job he’ll be contracted effectively into the longer term,” Mr Evans stated.
“So, all I can say is he is obtained my assist to get on with the job and handle our gamers and our employees in addition to we are able to to see what efficiency we are able to get out of Port Adelaide and throughout the remainder of the 12 months.”
“I’ve obtained a coach, this membership’s obtained a coach.”