Suns back to coaching drawing board

The Gold Coast Suns coaching panel will be back to the drawing board after failing to lure Ken Hinkley away from Port Adelaide.

Suns CEO Mark Evans spoke to Hinkley’s management last week about a possible return to Metricon stadium.

However, Hinkley rebuffed a return to the Gold Coast, signing a three-year contract extension with Port Adelaide on Tuesday morning.


ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT


There was speculation Hinkley would leave Port Adelaide due to his reportedly poor relationship with club Chairman David Koch.

However, speaking to 5AA on Monday the coach insisted his relationship with Koch was “very strong”.

“There’s no doubt some of David’s comments (about the team management) last week perhaps came out not exactly the way David would like them,” Hinkley said.

“David and I have had a conversation about those, there’s no doubt at all David wants the best for our football club, what has David done for Ken Hinkley as a coach? He’s given me everything I could possibly ask for to be a success.

“If he made a little slip here or there, I’ll live with that because he’s pretty supportive of most other things.”

In announcing his decision on Tuesday he said was enjoying working with a talented young list. “I’m working with a talented young list, a great group of coaches and a very well-resourced football program so I’m looking as forward to this upcoming pre-season as the day I first arrived,” Hinkley said.

“(I’m working with) A great group of coaches and a very well-resourced football program so I’m looking as forward to this upcoming pre-season as the day I first arrived,” he said.

“The club and I had a vision when I started at the end of 2012 and I’m just as committed to Port Adelaide as the club is to me to give our vision every chance to succeed.”

For the Suns, their coaching panel of Evans, the club’s football manager Marcus Ashcroft, former Adelaide coach Neil Craig, former Bulldogs CEO Simon Garlick and Matti Clements are back to the drawing board.

In the revolving door of favourites to be the coach of the Gold Coast, John Barker (Carlton assistant), Stuart Dew( Swans assistant) and Peter Sumich (former West Coast and Fremantle assistant) look to be at the top of the list, at least this week.