Hodge backs Clarkson to return to coaching

Hawthorn premiership legend Luke Hodge expects Alastair Clarkson to return to AFL teaching subsequent 12 months and believes Gold Coast could be a great match.

The four-time Hawks premiership coach has been busy in his hole 12 months, doing every thing from spending time with NBA powerhouse Golden State to researching for Tasmania’s bid to develop into the AFL’s nineteenth membership.

Clarkson has been a person in demand since parting methods with Hawthorn on the finish of final season, with Carlton making a pitch to persuade him to guide the Blues earlier than they selected Michael Voss.

The 54-year-old has been linked to a number of golf equipment however the Suns loom as probably the most logical possibility as long-time AFL strugglers however with a great deal of younger expertise.

“I spoke to him about six weeks ago and he said he thought he’d be missing it more,” Hodge instructed SEN on Saturday.

“He’s been to America a few occasions and stated he’s not lacking the match-day stuff at this stage. 

“If a job pops up I reckon he’ll leap at it.

“I reckon he’d like to go to a membership that hasn’t performed finals earlier than and push them as much as finals and get them as excessive as he probably might. 

“I see a variety of similarities with Hawthorn (within the 2000s) and Gold Coast. 

“He’s proved up to now he’s been in a position to mould and information by way of relationships with youthful gamers to get to the stage the place they belief every thing he says. 

“I think for his reputation and what he could go down for, if he could go to a team like Gold Coast who haven’t played finals before and get them up there in two or three years, no doubt he would go down as one of the best (coaches) ever.”

The Suns have by no means performed finals since getting into the AFL in 2011, regardless of usually with the ability to recruit one of the best younger expertise by way of the draft.

Gold Coast eased stress on their coach, Hawthorn premiership hero Stuart Dew with an upset 14-point win in opposition to Sydney on Saturday to maneuver to a 3-5 document this season.


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