Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade trudges off the field after talking to his players during their latest AFL loss.
Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade trudges off the field after talking to his players during their latest AFL loss. TRACEY NEARMY

Axe hovers over coach as Suns continue to struggle

AFL: The axe is continuing to be sharpened for Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade after the Suns' capitulation against Melbourne in Alice Springs on Saturday.

The Suns gave up a five-goal three-quarter-time lead against the Demons at TIO Treager Park to succumb to a 35-point defeat.

The result comes after the 72-point loss to Port Adelaide in Shanghai. The Suns now have a 3-6 record with virtually no chance of making the finals.

Veteran AFL footy writer Mike Sheahan said the writing was on the wall for Eade.

"That's the flattest I've seen Rocket at a post-match press conference and I think Rocket knows time is up," Sheahan said on SEN Breakfast yesterday.

"The question is when they draw the line on that."

Sheahan said he did support brining in an interim coach during the season but said a new man may provide a change of fortune and raise the optimism at a club under siege.

"It gives you some hope, it just renews the place," he said. "That's the upside if there's a change."

Former Essendon premiership star Tim Watson said if Gold Coast did go with a caretaker coach then the club could do worse than look at ex-Bomber and now Suns assistant coach Dean Solomon.

"I keep hearing all the time that if they were to make some sort of a change then Dean Solomon, who's been around footy for a long time may be somebody they consider putting in as the caretaker coach," he said.

Watson also said that Eade was one more terrible loss away from having his role seriously looked at.

"I reckon they're in a precarious position," he said.

"I think if they had another demoralising loss on top of what happened in China, on top of what happened on the weekend I think they would start to ask some serious questions about what is going on.

"They either can't do that (act on what has changed during a match) or they haven't been prepared for that, in terms of planning and the preparation of the players."

The Suns take on the West Coast Eagles this Saturday at Metricon Stadium.

The Eagles will be without two-time Coleman Medallist Josh Kennedy after he injured his calf in the loss to GWS on Sunday.

"I'm not quite sure (how long he'll be out), he's hurt his calf so I'm assuming he won't be back before the bye," coach Adam Simpson said.

"The feedback we're getting is it's a calf. I think he was a little bit worried there early on (that he hurt his Achilles), but I think it's probably calf."

"Sometimes they hurt. He heard a pop. The diagnosis at the moment is it's a calf, but it's early on so we'll see how he pulls up."

Simpson is confident both Luke Shuey (calf) and Mark LeCras (hip) will return against the Suns.