Gold Coast have confirmed the sacking of coach Guy McKenna.
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The Gold Coast Suns have confirmed the sacking of coach Guy McKenna after four years in charge at the expansion club.
Suns chairman John Witheriff told the club’s website that McKenna had “put the interests of the club and its future ambitions first.”
“Guy is a man with tremendous values and he will leave us knowing his legacy is our club’s promising future,” Witheriff said.
“The fact that the Gold Coast Suns are now respected by our rivals in the AFL is due in no small part to the contribution Guy has made as our first senior coach.”
The 45-year-old was told yesterday that the final year of his contract would not be honoured after a comprehensive review of the club’s football operations.
McKenna expressed his disappointment at the decision, but said he was grateful for the opportunity to lead the Suns through its first few years.
“It has been a privilege to have coached the Gold Coast Suns and I know the success the club aspires to achieve is not too far away,” McKenna said.
“The club has every right to pursue a direction it believes will give it the best chance of continued improvement.
“Although I leave with a heavy heart, I am content that I have helped develop a unique group of players.
“I leave with some great memories and strong friendships and I know they will remain despite my early departure.”