UNDER PRESSURE: Gold Coast Suns midfielder Gary Ablett attempts to avoid the North Melbourne Kangaroos defence.
UNDER PRESSURE: Gold Coast Suns midfielder Gary Ablett attempts to avoid the North Melbourne Kangaroos defence. DAVE HUNT

Eade still wants to help Suns rise and shine

EMBATTLED Suns coach Rodney Eade says he has not sought assurances he will coach out the season and expects to know his fate before round 23.

Eade said he retained the passion to coach on and believed he has set the club up to take the next step but could not say with confidence he would be given the chance.

The Suns have won just 16 matches in Eade's three years at the helm.

"Only time will tell, I don't know," he said.

"But certainly I think we have put in a good foundation.

"The players have bought in, from the feedback I'm getting from them they know where we are headed and hopefully I'm around to do that."

He said he felt like he was in the first year of his contract having spent the first two years ironing out culture problems and dealing with a devastating injury toll.

"There has been two tough years with culture and injuries and a whole range of different things and putting things in place," he said.

"Now we are starting to get a reasonable run at it, there is still some work to do, but I think going forward there is going to be some improvement.

"It is still a young squad, people probably forget that a bit and when you have a young team you are going to have ups and downs."

He said he did not think it was unusual the club had decided to audit the entire football operations and welcomed the move but stressed it was an "assessment" not a review.

"Every club I have been at it happens every year, it is about where there is holes in the football department, where we can improve, resources.

"I'm certainly used to it, I think it's great, I think all good clubs do it, and it is about improving."

He said the review had nothing to do with the heavy loss to the Swans last week. However, he felt that result may have prompted someone within the club to leak the information.

"It has been going on before that and someone has leaked it someone has put it out there," he said.

"It has been going on for three or four weeks now."

News Corp Australia


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