Sydney assistant coach Stuart Dew will become the third coach of the Gold Coast Suns on Thursday with Chairman Tony Cochrane and the Suns board approving the decision by CEO Mark Evans. Sporting HQ believes Dew has narrowly won the job over Carlton assistant John Barker.
Barker was believed to be the frontrunner but Dew’s impressive presentation won over the sub-committee consisting of Mark Evans, Suns Football manager Marcus Ashcroft, Former Western Bulldogs CEO Simon Garlick, psychologist Matti Clements and former Crows coach and director of coaching at Carlton Neil Craig.
Although the length of Dew’s deal is unclear, it’s believed to be at least 3 years which was the length previous coach Rodney Eade was signed for.
Dew has been with the Sydney Swans since 2009 starting as a development coach and rising through the ranks as a defensive coach and stoppage coach and is currently the senior assistant coach to John Longmire. He opted out of applying for the Brisbane job 12 months ago but a year on was ready to take on the interviewing process.
While this is a positive move for the Suns a few days out from the start of the trade and free agency periods, the club still needs to sort out it’s assistant coaching roles. It’s believed senior assistant Dean Solomon will stay but the rest will be let go including former Port Adelaide coach Matthew Primus. Dew will be able to help select his replacements.
Meanwhile, Football Manager Marcus Ashcroft will also likely be let go and could possible take up a job at the AFL.