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Shortly after Round 17, Gold Coast informed senior coach Stuart Dew that his services were no longer needed. In recent weeks, reports had leaked out that Dew would lose his position despite CEO Mark Evans recently stating that Dew would remain. Dew, 43, departs the Suns with a 36-84-1 record from 121 matches. The Suns are currently in 13th place.

Dew was appointed in 2017 and his best season in charge was 2022 when the Suns won 10 games. He was contracted through 2024. Assistant coach and former Geelong player Steven King will take over for Dew for the remainder of the season. There is already speculation that former Richmond coach Damien Hardwick is favored to replace Dew.

Gold Coast Chairman Bob East gave the club’s explanation for the decision, " ... the Gold Coast Suns Board of Directors met, and it was determined that Stuart Dew would not continue in his role as Senior Coach. We feel we have a great opportunity to achieve success with this group but haven’t seen the improvement we were after in 2023 and as a football club we must be prepared to make tough decisions, in that pursuit of success. Stuart has made a significant contribution to this football club, dedicating countless hours towards helping establish a platform from which our club can grow ... ".

Dew played 206 games for Port Adelaide and Hawthorn 1997-2009. He played in premierships at both clubs.  

Source:, AFL Record Season Guide

Article last changed on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 - 6:28 PM EDT


Thank you for sharing the news about Stuart Dew’s sacking as the Gold Coast Suns coach. I’m sorry to hear that he was let go after five-and-a-half seasons with the club. It must have been a difficult decision for the board and the fans. I and other in bloxd io really respect Stuart Dew. He is experienced coach.

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