With Leon Cameron stepping down as GWS coach this week, there’s little doubt it will get folks speaking about who’s supplied the Giants job subsequent.
GWS could be derelict of their duties in the event that they didn’t put a proposal to Alastair Clarkson – but I consider it will be knocked again.
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Clarko should have his eyes firmly set on one membership and one membership solely, and that’s the Gold Coast Suns.
Clarkson teaching the Suns would return a stage of relevance to the membership that hasn’t been there because the nice Gary Ablett performed for them.
That is one thing the AFL desperately wants for his or her fledgling membership. They’ve been a group devoid of success now for 11 years, since their inception.
And with the best coach within the trendy period refreshing himself for an additional teaching tilt, Gold Coast could be the proper match.
His presence at that membership would robotically make them extra interesting to the footballing public.
He has been on a number of abroad journeys since he stepped away from Hawthorn, learning NBA and NFL techniques, to proceed to teach himself on developments in trendy sports activities. His thoughts will little doubt be concocting a sport type or tactic on the forefont of the AFL.
To be as profitable as he has been over such an extended time period requires a manic drive and pursuit for excellence. It’s what he instilled into his enjoying checklist at Hawthorn and it’s precisely what the Suns want.
They’ve floated alongside on this competitors for too lengthy now – simply have a look at what the GWS Giants have been in a position to obtain in the identical time period.
The Suns are an ideal match for Clarko, as a result of the expertise is there and most gamers have dedicated to the membership within the medium time period. They’ve actual upside and potential and, underneath Clarko’s tutelage, will develop that steely resolve that will make them constantly laborious to play in opposition to.
The Gold Coast life-style would additionally attraction to a person who loves his health and outside dwelling. His three youngsters have completed college and are able to enter the subsequent part of their lives, so a transfer interstate wouldn’t disrupt the household dynamics.
Reacquainting along with his outdated mate and former Hawks soccer supervisor, Mark Evans, is an ideal duo. It’s common information that the 2 males who’ve been in a position to get one of the best out of Clarko are Evans and Chris Fagan.
That is completely no knock on my premiership teammate Stuart Dew, who’s achieved a fairly good job on the helm of the Suns, but the AFL wants Gold Coast climbing up the ladder.
Whereas signing Clarko doesn’t assure that, it definitely would assist the trigger. The issues that held the Suns again prior to now – poor amenities, no continuity within the health division, poor coaching requirements and an absence of on-field management – are not a problem.
They’ve a powerful checklist with gamers determined to succeed. The likes of David Swallow, Touk Miller, Jarrod Witts and Sam Collins have achieved an important job constructing a tradition and soul at this membership.
An unorthodox plan
If I have been Clarko and the Suns, I’d even attempt to preserve Dew on as a senior assistant. It’s extraordinarily unorthodox but this can be a distinctive circumstance.
Clarko and Dew have had a powerful relationship for over 20 years, being concerned in premierships at Port Adelaide (2004) and Hawthorn (2008). Why do coaches who don’t get their contracts renewed have to depart the membership altogether?
Should you’re the CEO of a tech firm but Steve Jobs desires the position, no board would say no to him.
But in the event you really consider within the product and the board desires you concerned, why wouldn’t you keep and play a brand new position to construct success? You don’t must be misplaced to the trigger.
It’s both ego associated, or the incumbent doesn’t need the shadow of the previous coach round.
But when it may work at Gold Coast, it could be an enormous constructive for everybody concerned. Essential mental property stays, and Dew doesn’t should uproot his household and transfer for an additional alternative.
Extra importantly, he will get to remain concerned within the membership that he has put a lot time, effort and power into as he and Clarko attempt in direction of the collective objective of successful one other premiership collectively.
Campbell Brown received a premiership with Hawthorn in a 205-game AFL profession. Follow him on Twitter here.