Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd has called out the Gold Coast Suns’ inner circle for their role in forming a ‘lack of confidence’ for under-pressure coach Stuart Dew
Dew has been under immense pressure this season and has defended his position at the helm after top AFL reporter Caroline Wilson said his days were “numbered” earlier this week.
Lloyd said he thought Dew would still be nervous, despite the club openly supporting the manager, who is currently in his sixth season.
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“There is a lack of confidence, preparation and strategy for Stuart Dew. Where does that come from? It can only come from the people at the football club,” Lloyd said on Nine’s. Footy Ranked Wednesday night.
“There’s no doubt he would be looking over his shoulder and trusting people less than he was a few days ago.
“When things like this come out, it can only come from people inside the walls of the Gold Coast Suns.”
Suns CEO Mark Evans was adamant in his backing for Dew on Wednesday, telling reporters the club would not accept outside noise.
“I have a manager, this club has a manager,” Evans said.
Gold Coast currently sit 12th in the standings with seven wins and are yet to make the final in their 12-year history. Journalist Damien Barrett said Dew’s possible sacking would not come as a shock.
“I don’t find it shocking that these conversations are happening after the season,” Barrett told Nine’s. Footy Ranked Wednesday night.
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“They’ve been around since 2011 and really, it never looked like it was going to take off.”
Lloyd said he thought Dew was in immediate conflict, insinuating that despite the club’s immediate support, the coach had failed to make an impact on the Suns since his appointment in 2018.
“I would say he’s training his future in the next six to eight weeks,” Lloyd said.
“At the end of the day, they’re going to be 11th, 12th, 13th on the scale and we expected more than that.”
The Suns take on top-flight Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night, in a must-have game to keep their final hopes alive.
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